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Door to Door: Penn Quarter, D.C., And Lake Arbor, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Northwest D.C.'s Penn Quarter and Lake Arbor, Md.

MS. NANETTE PARIS

00:00:18
My name is Nanette Paris. I live and work in Penn Quarter. I've been here approximately 11 years or so. It's bordered on the south by Pennsylvania Avenue to the east approximately 5th Street, to the west approximately 11th Street. Many people think that it was a recently developed neighborhood, but it actually started in the early '70s when the Pennsylvania Development Corporation was formed.

MS. NANETTE PARIS

00:00:45
Government officials just decided that it was a shame to have this decaying, deteriorating, beautiful boulevard so they decided to form this corporation and develop this plan to revitalize this area. While this area has been newly developed, it does have a lot of history. When this project that I live in was being developed, someone went over to check and make sure that nobody was living in these vacant buildings.

MS. NANETTE PARIS

00:01:10
What he noticed were some papers and some objects. And he looked a little closer and what did he find, but this treasure trove of artifacts, 20 boxes of newspapers, books, clothing, fabric. And come to find out, it was Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. She had an office there, the office of Missing Soldiers. And what she tried to do is reconnect soldiers in the Civil War with their families.

MS. NANETTE PARIS

00:01:35
I like the vibrancy. I like having a mix of with the architecture, the new, the old, the historical and then having a mix of people. Having the residents, office workers, tourists altogether.

MR. KEVIN ALEXANDER

00:01:57
My name is Kevin Alexander. I live in Lake Arbor, which is a community within the Mitchellville. Lake Arbor is about 15 miles east of Washington D.C. Lake Arbor approximately has 10,000 residents. I would say the demographics of Lake Arbor is predominantly upwardly mobile. We do have Asians, we do have white people, we do have Hispanics, so we have a cross-range of folks. But the predominant ethnic group here is African-American.

MR. KEVIN ALEXANDER

00:02:26
There are three pretty sizable lakes in Lake Arbor and around each lake is a walking path. It's not uncommon to see children or adults walking or riding their bikes around the paths in Lake Arbor. Last week was the third annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, which attracted about 6,000 people and is a friendly-family oriented festival that everyone in the community really, really enjoyed.

MR. KEVIN ALEXANDER

00:02:51
We have our own shopping within the community. We have our own middle school, our own elementary school and then we also have, in the middle of the community, a swimming pool, tennis courts, pavilion and a community clubhouse for the residents to use so it's a really nice place to live.

SHEIR

00:03:08
We heard from Nanette Paris in Penn Quarter and Kevin Alexander in Lake Arbor. 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

00:03:37
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Emily Friedman, Sabri Ben-Achour, Martin Di Caro, Jonathan Wilson, Kavitha Cardoza, Jerad Walker and Raphaella Bennin. 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

00:04:07
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, that's metroconnection.org. Just click on a story and you'll find information about its accompanying song.

SHEIR

00:04:23
Also on metroconnection.org, you can find our Twitter link, our Facebook link. You can read free transcripts of stories and if you missed part of today's show, you can hear the whole thing by clicking the this week on "Metro Connection" link. To listen to our most recent episodes, click the podcast link or find us on iTunes. We hope you can join us next week when we'll be Looking Back with some of favorite stories from recent months. We'll visit a long gone Capitol Hill with 93-year-old author Mary Z. Gray. We'll hear the tale of a D.C. man who breached the boundaries of earth and sky as one of the world's first pilots and we'll find out what it's like to look back at your childhood and realize your family was keeping a major secret from you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE #1

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I learned so much about me as a person and who I am today and that secret had a lot to do with it.

SHEIR

00:05:12
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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