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Door To Door: Cherrydale, Va. And Michigan Park , D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:07
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Cherrydale in Arlington, Va and Northeast D.C.'s Michigan Park.

MS. ROXANNE CARTER

00:00:18
I'm Roxanne Carter, native Washingtonian living in Michigan Park area. Michigan Park is really located from Otis Street Northeast around toward the Brooklyn Metro Station to Allison crosses over to 18th off of South Dakota. Basically from one block to the next the houses are so different and unique. You have a large backyard, you have tree-lined streets. The parks around, you have the monastery, a lot of unique places around especially Catholic institutions.

MS. ROXANNE CARTER

00:00:55
What I can remember about playing as a child around here was every yard had some fruit trees. Now you had peaches, pears, apples, people had grape vines. It wasn't always African American. When we moved here I guess I would consider it kind of being diverse because it was starting to change and so blacks were then able to buy homes. It went through its transition where basically, I guess, probably about the '80s or '90s you saw more African Americans and now you see a changing going, you know, a little more diverse. So going back to like it was when we moved over here in the '60s.

MS. MAUREEN ROSS

00:01:35
My name is Maureen Ross. I'm the president of the Cherrydale Citizens' Association in North Arlington and I have lived here since 1987. Cherrydale starts at I-66 on-ramp for going west near Kenmore Street on Longley Highway and stretches up to North Utah Street. We have people still in Cherrydale whose descendents are from the 1700s and we have the oldest volunteer fire department in Arlington. I think the first desegregated fire department as well.

MS. MAUREEN ROSS

00:02:10
We have lovely bungalows and we have a lot of front porches. It's a sweet little neighborhood each house looks different. We don't have cookie cutter houses. Our list serve is wonderful. During a huge snowstorm a neighbor put on list serve that she couldn't get out of the street to get her husband to dialysis and a bunch of us immediately got involved. Between shoveling and getting the county involved we got him to dialysis.

MS. MAUREEN ROSS

00:02:39
Cherrydale's like a small, cute little neighborhood yet we're right here in Arlington and we're a stone's throw from the capital. You can go see anything and then come home to your own quiet little neighborhood and not be in traffic. It's just a nice little spot.

SHEIR

00:02:57
We heard from Roxanne Carter in Michigan Park and Maureen Ross in Cherrydale. If you think your neighborhood should be a part of "Door to Door" just send an email to metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook. That facebook.com/metroconnection.org and to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:38
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jessica Gould, Emily Friedman, Sabri Ben-Achour and Kavitha Cardoza. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Tara Boyle is our managing producer. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Alex Platis. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau, Heather Taylor and Alex Platis produce "Door To Door." Thanks, as always, to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.

SHEIR

00:04:05
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts,'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. You can see all the music we use on our website, metroconnection.org. Just click on an individual story and you'll find information about its accompanying song.

SHEIR

00:04:21
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SHEIR

00:05:03
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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