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Door To Door: Mount Pleasant, D.C. And Forest Estates, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Mount Pleasant in Northwest D.C. and Forest Estates in Silver Spring, Md.

MR. ANDREW HARTMAN

00:00:18
My name is Andrew Hartman. I am 44 years old and I live in Mount Pleasant in the District of Columbia. Mount Pleasant is right next to Columbia Heights. We're bordered on the south by Harvard Street and on the north and on the west by Rock Creek Park. There's a lot of young people that live in Mount Pleasant, as evidenced by late nights, some of our restaurants turn into bars. And Mount Pleasant Street is really an interesting kind of place 'cause it's like a small town downtown.

MR. ANDREW HARTMAN

00:00:43
And that's really what I guess Mount Pleasant feels like to me. Mount Pleasant was started by clerks from New England that worked on the Hill. And there was a streetcar that came up from the Capitol and stopped right here on Mount Pleasant Avenue. We have a lot of activities in Lamont Park. The farmers market takes place there every week. There have been movies. They put up a Christmas tree every year and decorate a tree. There's a little stage and so there'll be bands and contests Fridays and Saturdays, on the weekends.

MR. ANDREW HARTMAN

00:01:10
And we often have mariachis that are going up and down the street. When I have my windows open, there's nothing like living in Washington, D.C. and hearing mariachi music just coming up from downstairs. Everything you need is right here and so you constantly are bumping into the same people. And people say hello to one another and care about one another. Come visit Mount Pleasant, you'll fall in love, too.

MS. ASHWINI TAMBE

00:01:34
My name is Ashwini Tambe and I'm 42 years old. And I moved to Forest Estates in 2005. So the boundaries of Forest Estates are the Sligo Creek Trail, that's the wonderful woods, a paved trail, a running, hiking, biking trail. And on the other side Georgia Avenue which is probably one of the busiest streets in the entire area. It's not dramatically hilly, but there are gentle slopes and a lot of trees. And I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate these trees. I'm not a very religious person, but every weekend it's almost a worshipful practice for me to go to the woods.

MS. ASHWINI TAMBE

00:02:16
We live across from a family who has a trampoline in their front yard. And it's become our community trampoline because they have very generously offered it to any parents who need to get their kids out of their hair for a little while. And so whenever I step outside my house on a summer day I am greeted by the sight of about three or four kids up in the air, hurling themselves around. I think primarily there's a nice economic diversity. You will see houses that are really, really big with multiple cars and then you'll see houses that are much smaller and more modest and all within a street or two of each other. And we are in conversation with each other. So I think that makes for a sense of being comfortable in your own skin.

SHEIR

00:03:07
We heard from Ashwini Tambe in Forest Estates and Andrew Hartman in Mount Pleasant. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to metro@wamu.org. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:35
After the break, taking chances in the world of theater.

MR. DAVID MUSE

00:03:41
I want them to know that there's a place they can come with a really open mind, you know, that could be a kind of glorious hit or miss enterprise. And that's the whole idea of the thing.

SHEIR

00:03:50
It's coming your way on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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