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Door To Door: Brandywine, Md. And Capitol View, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Brandywine, Md., and the Capitol View neighborhood of southeast D.C.

MS. JOYCE DOWLING

00:00:17
I'm Joyce Dowling, and I'm 59 years old and live in Brandywine, Md. Brandywine is about 18 miles southeast of Capitol Hill, between the suburban neighborhoods and rural countryside, between Clinton and Waldorf, in Prince George's County. Brandywine was the railroad village, so it was the site of the first major store in the area of the county. Most of the Brandywine area contained farms, many of which were tobacco farms. The old tobacco barns are already starting to become rare historic sites.

MS. JOYCE DOWLING

00:01:01
There are people of all walks of life here, government workers, teachers, administrators, construction, transportation, and we still have agriculture here in Brandywine. Well, I like that Brandywine is an old-fashioned community, for the most part, where people actually know each other and work together to continue to make it a better place to live.

MS. SIRRAYA GANT

00:01:33
My name is Sirraya Gant, and I'm 42 years old, and I live in the neighborhood of Capitol View. My neighborhood is located in southeast Washington, in Ward 7, in between the streets of East Capitol Street and Central Avenue, and it is in walking distance from Capital Heights subway station, and 15 minutes away from downtown.

MS. SIRRAYA GANT

00:01:56
The neighborhood is an older neighborhood. Before they built the subdivision, it was public housing here, on the southeast side and also on the -- across East Capitol on the northeast side. My grandmother, she's been living here for over 50 years. People stay around here usually until they pass. And then their children usually takes over their houses. Capitol View neighborhood is unique because of the longtime residents that you have here that has been living here, that was also part of the working class back in the sixties and that are still here.

MS. SIRRAYA GANT

00:02:36
And with the new people moving in the subdivision, you have the mixture of the two. So that's what makes it unique. You have homeowners and people that have been here for decades. I grew up around here, my grandmother lives on the next street, and it has changed over the last six years. It is a family-oriented, upper middle class neighborhood, where everyone knows each other. And we are -- it's like a suburb in the city.

SHEIR

00:03:05
We heard from Sirraya Gant in Capitol View, and Joyce Dowling in Brandywine. If you'd like us to knock on your door, so you can talk about your neighborhood, send an email to metro@wamu.org, or send us a tweet. Our handle is @wamumetro. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:37
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jacob Fenston, Emily Berman, Tara Boyle, Bryan Russo, and Robbie Feinberg. WAMU's managing editor of news is Memo Lyons. Metro Connection's managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Robbie Feinberg. Lauren Landau, Robbie Feinberg and John Hines produce "Door To Door." Thanks, as always, to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.

SHEIR

00:04:07
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SHEIR

00:04:35
We hope you can join us next week when we'll gear up for tax day, with a show about debt. We'll learn how much college debt D.C. denizens are carting around. We'll hear how federal workers and contractors are feeling about the big S word, sequestration, and we'll meet a Vietnam veteran who's forever indebted to a fellow soldier, for putting him on a different path.

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00:04:58
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SHEIR

00:05:09
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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