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Door To Door: Morningside, Md. And Eastland Gardens, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we Morningside, Md. and Eastland Gardens, in Northeast D.C.

MAYOR KAREN ROOKER

00:00:18
My name is Karen Rooker. I'm 52 years old, and I've lived in Morningside since 1987. And I've been mayor since 2007. We're right at the main gate of Andrew's Air Force Base. For years, all the foreign dignitaries, presidents would go down the main street to get to the airport or to get back into D.C. Morningside's name is because we're on the eastern front of Washington, D.C., or the morning side of Washington.

MAYOR KAREN ROOKER

00:00:48
We do have a lot of seniors still in the area, and those are some of our best treasures. You could sit down and talk with them for hours and find out stuff that you would not even believe happened around here. And we need to get this history down somewhere, or at least get it passed down so that somebody else can say, oh yeah, this happened, or that happened.

MAYOR KAREN ROOKER

00:01:08
It's a very sweet little community, and you get to feel like, oh, this is a hometown, not just a hustle-bustle, do this, do this, do this place, some place you can chill out, relax, call home.

MS. ZERLINE HUES

00:01:27
My name is Zerline Hues, and I've been an Eastland Gardens resident for just about five years. Eastland Gardens is located east of river, we're divided by the 295 freeway, so on one side, we've got Deanwood, on the other side we've got Eastland Gardens, Paradise, Mayfair, Kenilworth, and a few other communities. Particularly in the Eastland Gardens Flower Club, we like to think of Eastland Gardens as one of the old school neighborhoods of the '60s.

MS. ZERLINE HUES

00:01:57
Having worked with Lady Bird Johnson, manicuring the lawns, helping to upkeep the park. Even though those days are gone where we used to wear the white gloves and the hats and have teas in our front yards, we're still trying to maintain a little bit of that history and that culture. There was a racetrack here, nothing but dirt roads. This was primarily where the African-Americans were supposed to live, so many of the pioneer African-Americans moved here, they settled here, they built their own homes.

MS. ZERLINE HUES

00:02:29
There were African-American architects, their projects were basically here in Eastland Gardens, many of them were professors or students at Howard University. We're just really excited to know that we still have a rich history here, we're maintaining it, and many of us try to maintain that style of the '60s, and even the '50s, and you know, manicuring our lawns and keeping things really beautiful and having a garden club.

SHEIR

00:02:59
You heard from Karen Rooker in Morningside, and Zerline Hues in Eastland Gardens. 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 you can see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, that's metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:38
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza, Jonathan Wilson, Sabri Ben-Achour and Martin Di Caro, along with reporter, Heather Taylor. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Raphaella Bennin. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau and Raphaella Bennin 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

00:04:05
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

00:04:22
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SHEIR

00:04:45
We'll do some diplomatic dining, as we continue our "Eating in the Embassies" series. This time, in Guinea. We'll meet an artist who may very well be painting you right now. And find out why she's got a thing for capturing random strangers on canvas. And we'll hang out with an unstoppable icon of the D.C. jazz scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1

00:05:03
And we do things all the time that ain't worth a nickel, but they feel good.

SHEIR

00:05:10
I'm Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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