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Door To Door: Fort Lincoln, D.C. And Glen Echo, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Fort Lincoln in Northeast D.C. and Glen Echo, Md.

MR. BOB KING

00:00:17
I'm Robert "Bob" King. I'm ANC commissioner representing Fort Lincoln. I'm the longest serving ANC commissioner in the city. I've been representing Fort Lincoln for nearly 30 years. Fort Lincoln is a self-contained community. Its 360 acres within the city limit. Its boundaries are from Bladensburg to Eastern Avenue and basically over to South Dakota.

MR. BOB KING

00:00:41
Fort Lincoln is home to the largest population of seniors living anywhere in the city. I used to tell folks the story about folks living long in Fort Lincoln. I mean, there's a couple hundred centenarians that live in the city and at one point we had as many as seven to eight centenarians who are over a hundred living right here in Fort Lincoln. And we used to say that the reason we had so many living in Fort Lincoln that maybe the water was different in Fort Lincoln than it was anywhere else.

MR. BOB KING

00:01:08
Fort Lincoln in the beginning afforded many African-Americans first time homeownership. It allowed many families like my family and others to come into Fort Lincoln who would have never dreamed of owning a home. And it will be soon a home to Costco sitting on 42 acres of retail land, comprising of about 438 square feet of space. Construction will start on July the 16th.

MR. BOB KING

00:01:34
You've got the mix of the new folks who are coming in here with a substantially higher income than when we moved here in 1976. So you get that kind of blend.

MS. DEBBIE BEERS

00:01:47
I'm Debbie Beers. I am 62 years old and I reside in Glen Echo, Md. I'm the mayor of Glen Echo. I've been mayor for the past 20 years. Glen Echo is very small. It runs essentially from the entrance to the Clara Barton Parkway over to just before the one-lane bridge that leads to Cabin John and it is right on the banks of the Potomac.

MS. DEBBIE BEERS

00:02:06
The population, since I moved here, has been pretty steady but it's under 300 people. The town was first plotted by the Baltzley brothers, who invented the egg beater and they envisioned Glen Echo as Chautauqua, meeting place, so most of the houses were originally summer houses and then were converted later after the Chautauqua closed as a result of a malaria scare.

MS. DEBBIE BEERS

00:02:27
Now, of course, Glen Echo Park which is the air to Chautauqua campsite is again a cultural and historic landmark. A lot of the residents take classes at the park. My husband and I just finished taking swing dance classes. There is a playground there and of course the carousel's a big attraction for someone like myself who has four grandchildren.

MS. DEBBIE BEERS

00:02:46
The carousel is a remnant of the old amusement park that used to be at Glen Echo through the 1960s when it closed partly as a result of race riots. Because the park was segregated people did protest and eventually they decided to close the park and the National Park Service took it over and now owns it.

MS. DEBBIE BEERS

00:03:04
I love the fact that I know almost everybody in the town, that we, you know, maintain a small community feel. Everybody knows each other and pretty much watches out for each other.

SHEIR

00:03:15
We heard from Bob King in Fort Lincoln and Debbie Beers in Glen Echo. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnecction.org.

SHEIR

00:03:52
Up next, realizing a culinary dream when your day job is all politics.

MS. LAURA SCHILLER

00:03:57
I never thought I'd be opening a restaurant. I mean, maybe it was on my kind of top ten crazy, bucket-list of things to do, but really I thought maybe in retirement not while having a, you know, extremely demanding day job.

SHEIR

00:04:08
That and more coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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