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

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Kevin Beekman stands in his northern Virginia neighborhood of Arlandria.
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Kevin Beekman stands in his northern Virginia neighborhood of Arlandria.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week we visit Arlandria, Va. and D.C.'s NOMA neighborhood.


Tony Goodman lives in a neighborhood that's seen great changes in recent years — the area north of Union Station and Capitol Hill, known as NOMA. Goodman says the neighborhood's name was first pushed by developers, but that new residents have embraced it.

"The people who actually live here, who actually live in those new buildings, call it NOMA," he says. "And that's, I think, one of the most important characteristics for whether a name is real."

Goodman says he was first drawn to the neighborhood five years ago because of its "beautiful older houses." Since then, he's seen new streets, new sidewalks, and new buildings being developed on formerly vacant lots. He's hoping a park will come next. "There's been a lot of new people, new energy, and it's been exciting to see," he says.

Arlandria, Va.

Arlandria is a neighborhood that was mostly built up during World War II, and many of the area's buildings date from the 1930s and 1940s. These days, Arlandria is known as a particularly diverse section of northern Virginia, with many Latino residents calling the neighborhood home.

"My favorite thing in the neighborhood is obviously the diversity we have here," says resident Kevin Beekman. "There are folks from all sorts of walks of life and all backgrounds."

Beekman says the neighborhood is also home to Four Mile Run Park, one of the largest neighborhoods in Alexandria. Beekman and other neighbors have opened a farmers market at the park.

"We were one of the first farmers markets in northern Virginia, certainly the first one in Alexandria, to accept SNAP, which is what people call food stamps now," he says.

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This map shows previous Door to Door segments, and includes links to photos and show audio. The yellow marker represents neighborhoods featured in Washington, D.C., the blue represents neighborhoods in Maryland, and the red represents neighborhoods in Virginia.

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