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Door To Door: Woodland Normanstone, D.C. And Lorton, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door" we visit Lorton, Va. and Woodland Normanstone in Northwest D.C.

MR. LARRY AURBACH

00:00:18
Hi, I'm Larry Aurbach. I'm president of the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association. Our neighborhood is bounded by Rock Creek Park, Massachusetts Avenue and 34th Street, Garfield, Cleveland, Calvert and 28th Street essentially continues to Woodland Park.

MR. LARRY AURBACH

00:00:40
The neighborhood has approximately 160 homes. There are no commercial establishments. About two dozen of the homes are residences for embassies. The embassies are a major part of the neighborhood. They participate in neighborhood activities and generally the embassies have been terrific neighbors.

MR. LARRY AURBACH

00:01:03
Well, the main reason you'd know you're here is that the grid plan stops. You're not on grid streets anymore, you're on streets that follow the contours of the land better and protect the land better. It has a different kind of feel to it. If you go to the top of the Washington cathedral and look down to your southeast you'll see a blanket of trees. That's the Woodland Normanstone neighborhood.

MS. IRMA CLIFTON

00:01:34
My name is Irma Clifton. I'm 70 years of age and I'm a lifelong resident of Lorton, Va. Lorton probably covers an area from the Potomac River on the east to the Occoquan River on the south, Fairfax Station on the west and Fort Belvoir on the north. It has a population of about 20,000 in that area and it's a very diverse population.

MS. IRMA CLIFTON

00:01:59
I love the easy access to Washington, but also we have a tremendous amount of open space here. I have seen many change in Lorton, most of all was the building of '95. But probably the most significant change was the closing of the prison in 2001. Before that, people had been sort of reluctant to say I live in Lorton because they thought it had a stigma as the prison.

MS. IRMA CLIFTON

00:02:28
I guess you would have to say the prison closing was sort of a double-edged sword. It took some of the economy base away, but it also added housing and on the property there was also space available to build a new high school, a new middle school. All communities change over time, but I think Lorton's sense of community and its center on its educational and recreational assets keep the community grounded and pretty much together. Lorton has progressed to a really great place to live.

SHEIR

00:03:04
We heard from Lawrence Aurbach in Woodland Normanstone and Irma Clifton in Lorton, Va. If you think your neighborhood should be a part of "Door to Door" send an email to metro@wamu.org. And to see a map of all of the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:37
Up next, bridging the divide between actors who can hear and those who are deaf.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE

00:03:42
I mean, not to seem artsy fartsy, but the common language is theater and whether I use ASL or whether I use English or whether I just stand on my head to make my point, you're going to come along with me for the ride because this is the game we play together.

SHEIR

00:03:57
It's coming your way on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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