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Door To Door: Spring Valley, D.C., And Maplewood, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's Door To Door, we visit Spring Valley in Northwest D.C. and the Maplewood neighborhood of Bethesda, Md.

DR. JEFFREY KRASKIN

00:00:18
I'm Dr. Jeffrey Kraskin. And I'm 58 years old and this is the Spring Valley neighborhood in upper Northwest D.C. We're located between Massachusetts Avenue and Loughboro, right by American University. I've lived here since 1960. One of the uniquenesses of Spring Valley is that it was the first neighborhood to have what are referred to as curvilinear streets.

DR. JEFFREY KRASKIN

00:00:40
That means the streets are following the natural curves. And the intent was to keep as many of the natural amenities, the creek, the spring, why it's Spring Valley and the tree line. So we have many trees and in fact we work to keep that. There are actually underground water springs that run under homes throughout the area. And they come out to light at times in Spring Valley Park, in which a lot of the neighbors like to walk their dogs.

DR. JEFFREY KRASKIN

00:01:07
If we go back into the early 19th century, it was farmland, owned by a number of families. And in 1918 the military used it for some World War I munitions testing. And then later, 1920s, '28, into the 1920s, the W.C. and A.N. Miller companies started developing and purchased the land and began developing homes.

MS. JEANNE LEVIN

00:01:41
My name is Jeanne Levin and I've been living in Maplewood for 53 years, before the Beltway, before the Metro, before all the progress we see here now. Maplewood is called Maplewood, I'm pretty sure, because of all the beautiful trees we had here, and a great many maple trees that we had in the area. And there are many old trees now, unfortunately a lot of them do have to come down now because they've gotten quite old and some of them have fallen, but there's still quite a few here.

MS. JEANNE LEVIN

00:02:13
My particular area where I'm living now was really a forest. Right at the end of the street was a barbed wire, which we didn't even know who was at the other end of the street because of all the trees here.

MS. JEANNE LEVIN

00:02:28
And I walk my dog up in the area. It's a wonderful place to walk the dog. And there's a dog park up the street, too. And the place really is filled with young children and young families and dogs. Almost everyone has a dog here and that's how you get the neighborhood. I've met everybody because of my dog and when the children were here, because of the children. So we get to know them. The place has many, many young people here now.

SHEIR

00:02:55
We heard from Jeff Kraskin in Spring Valley and Jeanne Levin in Maplewood. 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.

SHEIR

00:03:34
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SHEIR

00:03:45
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00:03:55
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SHEIR

00:04:03
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