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Door To Door: NOMA, D.C. and Arlandria, Va.

MS. EMILY BERMAN

00:00:06
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's Door To Door we visit NOMA in northeast D.C. and Arlandria in Alexandria, Va.

MR. KEVIN BEEKMAN

00:00:18
My name's Kevin Beekman. I'm 46 years old. I live in the sunny side part of Arlandria in Alexandria, Va. Arlandria is roughly between West Glebe and South Glebe road, the northern border of Alexandria, southern border of Arlington, between Four Mile Run and Route 1. The neighborhood was mostly built up during the second World War, like most of Northern Virginia. Most of the buildings in the area date from the 1930s, 1940s. About roughly half the neighborhood is Latino. And I think in the 1980s, when the Salvadoran War was going on a lot of the folks came from there and continue here.

MR. KEVIN BEEKMAN

00:01:03
One of the neighborhoods within Arlandria is called Chirilagua after the city that a lot of the folks came from. My favorite thing in the neighborhood is obviously the diversity that we have here. There are folks from all sorts of walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds. And then the proximity to other parts of the metropolitan area, downtown D.C. isn't that far. Crystal City, Shirlington are close by.

MR. TONY GOODMAN

00:01:39
My name is Tony Goodman. I'm 33 and I live in the NOMA near Northeast neighborhood. When we moved here we were so excited about all of the beautiful older houses that were here, which we live in one of them. And excited about the new potential for development on the vacant lots and parking lots which were only a block from our house. One of things that most exciting for us over the past few years is that new streets, new sidewalks, new businesses have opened up on a continual basis.

MR. TONY GOODMAN

00:02:13
It used to be that we only had a few safe routes to walk because other routes were blocked by construction fences or there were no sidewalks. And it's like an entire neighborhood has been sort of opening up for us. For now, the center of NOMA is the corner of First and M Northeast. We have a Harris Teeter there, our supermarket, of course, many new restaurants. And that center has shifted. It used to be that a few years ago before the Harris Teeter it was the metro station. And I expect that in the future if, or hopefully when we get a park, that park will wind up being our central feature.

MR. TONY GOODMAN

00:02:55
Of course with thousands of people here now, potentially over ten thousand on the way, that center will be a very large space.

BERMAN

00:03:05
We heard from Tony Goodman in NOMA and Kevin Beekman in Arlandria. Your neighborhood can be part of Door To Door, too. Just 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.

BERMAN

00:03:38
Up next, Howard University students work to let go of old stereotypes.

MR. DARIUS THOMAS

00:03:43
At the end of the day, we're not really trying to change people's opinion, or maybe we are, but it's more so just for people to understand that you should be able to treat everyone the same.

BERMAN

00:03:51
That and more is coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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