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Door to Door: Dupont Circle, D.C. & Lynhaven, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door" we visit D.C.'s DuPont Circle and Lynhaven, Va.

MS. IRIS MOLOTSKY

00:00:18
Hi, I'm Iris Molotsky and I live in DuPont Circle area and we've lived here for 28 years. It's where Massachusetts, P Street, 18th Street come together and there's a beautiful circle with a lovely DuPont Circle fountain. A lot of people moved into this area because they appreciated the buildings and they appreciated the history that went with DuPont Circle. We've had to fight to keep a lot of our mansions from being demolished and, in fact, a number of them, sadly, have been.

MS. IRIS MOLOTSKY

00:00:55
But now people understand the value of keeping the older buildings and Washington itself is so fortunate because so much of our housing stock is brick rather than wood. So we have not lost a lot of it and so we have the ability to see what Washington was like.

MS. IRIS MOLOTSKY

00:01:13
One of the reasons those of us who live in DuPont Circle are so enthusiastic is because it is such a mixture of residential, commercial, green space, young, old, black, gay, Hispanic. When you're out there on a sunny Sunday morning and you're in the market or you're just walking around, you just smile because it's a good place to be.

MS. ROSA BIRD

00:01:45
My name is Rosa Bird (sp?) . I live in the Lynhaven section of Alexandria, Va. and I am 68 years old. We own the northern tip of the city of Alexandria. There's approximately 350 homes on five different streets. When we moved here in '68 this was a predominantly white neighborhood with very few African Americans. Over the years it became a predominantly African American neighborhood with lots of children. now, it is changing again. it's getting to be white people, young, career-bound professionals with not a lot of children but a lot of dogs.

MS. ROSA BIRD

00:02:24
In the '80s sad to say, drug trafficking tried to rear its ugly head in our neighborhood. We were the eyes and ears for the city government. One particular tactic I remember we used, if they were gathering in our local park, we would call each other and say, it's time to clean the park. So you'd see women coming down the hill with brooms and shovels. So we'd clean our park and when they were there, they got uncomfortable and they left.

MS. ROSA BIRD

00:02:47
It's wonderful living here. We have a school that's a math technology school and all the children that live in this neighborhood can walk to school. And I'm proud to say that my children went here and all three of my grandchildren went to school at Cora Kelly Math Science Technology School. It's a big city with country ways because you can pick up the phone and call any of the city officials that you need. You can pick up the phone and call your neighbor and get any assistance that you need. I don't think you stay strangers here long.

SHEIR

00:03:18
We heard from Iris Molotsky in DuPont Circle and Rosa Bird in Lynhaven. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to metro@wamu.org and to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:48
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jessica Gould, Martin Di Caro, Sabri Ben-Achour, Jonna McKone and Lauren Landau. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Jonna McKone and Lauren Landau 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

00:04:12
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts" and our "Door to Door" theme, "No, Girl," are all 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, that's metroconnection.org. Just click on an individual story and you'll find information about its accompanying song.

SHEIR

00:04:30
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE

00:05:11
I had a young lady come in here tonight and ask for a hot toddy and I almost had to stop myself from laughing. And she's like, what? It's okay if you have don't have honey. I said, sweetheart, I don't have honey, I don't have lemons, I don't have sugar, I don't have teabags and I don't have hot water. So I can give you the shot the whiskey and that's about it.

SHEIR

00:05:28
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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