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Door to Door: Glenn Dale, Md., and Fairlington, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:10
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Fairlington, Va., and Glenn Dale, Md.

MR. JIM TITUS

00:00:18
I'm Jim Titus from Glenn Dale, Md. And I've lived in Glenn Dale since 1981. Glenn Dale is the seven-square mile area. It's bounded on the east by the city of Bowie, to the west by Lanham and Seabrook, to the north by Goddard Space Flight Center and to the south by Maryland 450. This area was basically farmland until after the Civil War. Along the old stage route Gabriel Duvall had his house. The descendants of Duvall decided to start a small settlement along the railroad line and they named it Glenn Dale.

MR. JIM TITUS

00:00:56
This area has a good tree canopy. Quite often Glenn Dale is three or four degrees cooler than the surrounding communities. This is not really a walkable community, but strangely enough Glenn Dale is very bikeable and perhaps that's because we have a low population density, but we're surrounded by state highways. I bike with my daughter to her school sometimes. I bike whenever I wanna have lunch or about half the time when I'm grocery shopping on a nice day I'll ride my bike.

MS. LIBBY GARVEY

00:01:34
I'm Libby Garvey and I've lived in Fairlington since 1977. We're located in South Arlington, right off of 395 South and the intersection of Quaker Lane and King Street. We have sort of a joke here. If you're looking for my house it's the brick house with the white trim. Because basically every unit here is brick house with white trim. It's a Georgian style. It was built just before and during the second World War. And so there were officers' quarters and then were more enlisted quarters.

MS. LIBBY GARVEY

00:02:04
And then what happened was in the '50s or '60s, it was sold as excess housing and it had really become sort of low-income rental. And actually at one point, Fairlington, I think, had the highest crime rate in Arlington. So there was a whole rehab that went on, updating the kitchens and then adding the backyards and putting in the pools and the tennis courts. Because of how it's set up with courtyards, it just naturally builds community. And then as you get to connect with people, life happens and different people go through different hard times.

MS. LIBBY GARVEY

00:02:33
You know, I lost husband and, frankly, this neighborhood came in and just sort of carried us. I mean, they did meals. They sat with us. I would get up in the morning sometimes and come down and somebody was there just to be there, to make sure we were okay. It was amazing. It becomes an incredibly supportive family, helping us all get through difficult times in life and I think the reason a lot of us just stay. It's tight living, but you've got everything you'd want with a community. It's a beautiful place to be. You couldn’t ask for anything more.

SHEIR

00:03:07
We heard from Libby Garvey in Fairlington and Jim Titus in Glenn Dale. If you think your neighborhood should be a 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, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:35
After the break, "Bookend," our monthly segment where we cozy up with D.C. writers.

MS. ALLISON LEOTTA

00:03:41
You wanna say something that's never been said before. And you just need to use a different part of your brain.

SHEIR

00:03:46
That's coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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