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Door To Door: Woodridge, D.C. And Del Ray, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Woodridge in Northeast D.C. and Del Ray in Alexandria, Va.

MR. JOHN SCHUETTINGER

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Hi, my name's John Schuettinger. I live in Woodridge, a neighborhood in Northeast D.C. I've been here for about four years. We're right on the Maryland/D.C. border. Eastern Avenue, Bladensburg Road, South Dakota Avenue, Rode Island Avenue runs right down the heart of it.

MR. JOHN SCHUETTINGER

00:00:34
It's suburban, but it's in the city and it's close to everything. It's a quiet neighborhood where everybody keeps to themselves, but is always friendly. There's a lot of old trees. It's cool in the summertime. It'll be 10 degrees cooler in Woodridge than downtown. You can see the stars at night. There's not as much light pollution as other places.

MR. JOHN SCHUETTINGER

00:00:56
Just over on Bladensburg Road is D.C. Brow, which is the first production brewery in Washington since the 1950s. They have tastings on Saturday afternoons and people flock into the neighborhood from all over and you'll see license plates, not just Washington, but Maryland and Virginia, people coming in to sample some craft beer. They don't have a sign so you have to sort of be in the know to find where they are.

MR. JOHN SCHUETTINGER

00:01:24
Hyattsville is very close and that's being built up right now and Fort Lincoln is getting the Cosco and then there's the development at Rhode Island Avenue. So we're going to be the quiet little center that all that spins around. I don't envision it changing anytime soon.

MR. DON RIPPER

00:01:48
My name is Don Ripper and I'm artist here in Del Ray. Del Ray's located right on the Route 1 corridor and it's sort of nestled pretty close to the center of Alexandria City. Its small compared to Old Town, but in terms of Main Street, I think it's probably got the truest of an actually main street where it has been the same for a long time, mom and pop shops. No change that I can think of really on the avenue and a tremendous amount of residents who live right around who walk up and down the streets with their kids and their dogs.

MR. DON RIPPER

00:02:22
I particularly paint lots of portraits of children and it seems that everybody in Del Ray is either pregnant or going to be pregnant or was pregnant. And so for a portrait painter who paints children, it doesn't get much better than that. And you know, when I'm done painting children here in Del Ray, I can always move on to dogs which are the second largest group of what people spend their income.

MR. DON RIPPER

00:02:46
It is a tight knit community. I think it's because people with young children are at that point in their lives when they're reaching out for something bigger than maybe themselves. And because everybody walks, I think that they run into each other and they really look out for their neighbors and there's a sense of keeping their eye on everybody and wanting things to better.

SHEIR

00:03:06
We heard from John Schuettinger in Woodridge and Don Ripper in Del Ray. If you'd like to share the story of your neighborhood, join us Saturday, May 19th at D.C.'s Southeast Library. Between 1:00 and 5:00, you can come and record your story. To reserve a specific time slot, go to wamu.org/events and to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
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