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Door to Door: Maywood, Va. And Chinatown/Gallery Place, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Maywood, in Arlington, Va. and the Chinatown Galleryplace area of Northwest D.C.

MR. BOB WELSH

00:00:18
I'm Bob Welsh and I'm 65 years old, retired and I live here in Maywood, which is a neighborhood in northern Arlington, Va. just across the river from Georgetown. Maywood is a neighborhood that's coming on 100 years old now so the old houses, old frame houses, two-story Victorian frame houses, a lot of bungalows. A few houses were in the 1950s, some newer houses that came after World War II. But for the most part, the houses that you see here look exactly like they were when they were built 100 years ago.

MR. BOB WELSH

00:00:54
The first homes were built here just about the same time as the trolley was opened up. The trolley line came from Rosalind out Lee Highway and then at Aldermen Drive to Falls Church and Great Falls. Because of that, it allowed people to live out here and get to work in Washington easily. People that live in Maywood are extremely friendly, they're extremely helpful. During the power outage, we had back and forth people, you know, asking for -- can we have ice, does anybody have a phone cord I can use? It was a true feeling of solidarity. So I think that, you know, the main thing I like about Maywood is the sense of small town feeling that you know your neighbor. They're watching out for you, they trust you to take care of them.

MR. RYAN MERKEL

00:01:49
My name is Ryan Merkel and I have lived in Chinatown for four years. I think Chinatown and Galleryplace really revolve around the Verizon Center and the Galleryplace Chinatown metro and the 7th Street Corridor, maybe from E Street up to K Street and from 4th or 5th over to 9th or 10th. When I first moved here, for the first week I thought to myself, gosh, it's so loud. You get used to it pretty quickly and it's just part of the character of the area, I suppose, and that's the price you have to pay for being right in the middle of everything. But it is strange sometimes when you walk out your door and suddenly you're in the middle of a throng of tourists.

MR. RYAN MERKEL

00:02:31
I love the fact that you can walk pretty much anywhere, you know, after work or something like that. I'm a big theater fan, a Shakespeare Theater is right down the street. The National Portrait Gallery is just such a fantastic museum. You know, I look out my window and I can see it. It would be impossible to be bored actually and there's a movie theater right next door, there's bowling alley right next door.

MR. RYAN MERKEL

00:02:54
The opening of The Verizon Center, the remodeling of the Portrait Gallery really revitalized the neighborhood tremendously and it's really hard for me to imagine this neighborhood not being loud and vivacious.

SHEIR

00:03:09
We heard from Bob Welsh in Maywood and Ryan Merkel in Chinatown Galleryplace. 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, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:51
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Sabri Ben-Achour, Emily Friedman, Martin Di Caro, Jonathan Wilson and Kavitha Cardoza. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our interns are Jessica Officer and Raphaella Bennin. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau, Raphaella Bennin and Jessica Officer 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

00:04:21
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.

SHEIR

00:04:33
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE #1

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When we lose, we lose together. When we win, we win together.

SHEIR

00:05:14
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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