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It's our weekly trip around the region. This week we visit Brandywine, Maryland, and the Capitol View neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

Brandywine, Md.

Joyce Dowling has spent much of the past two decades in southern Prince George's County, raising her children in the town of Clinton. But when they grew up and Dowling began to search for her dream house, she couldn't resist the rich history of Brandywine, Md.

"Brandywine was a railroad village," Dowling says. "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."

Brandywine is located only about 20 miles south of Washington, tucked in south Prince George's County between Clinton and Waldorf. Dowling thinks that's what sets Brandywine apart is its diversity.

"There are people of all walks of life here," Dowling says. "Government workers, teachers, administrators, construction, transportation, and we still have agriculture here in Brandywine."

Dowling also loves that she can still interact with those neighbors. She says that friendly spirit permeates through the town.

"I like that Brandywine is an old-fashioned community where people actually know each other and work together to make it a better place to live," Dowling says.

Capitol View, D.C.

Sirraya Gant has seen all the sides of the neighborhood of Capitol View. She grew up here, spending much of her time at her grandmother's house in the neighborhood. And now, as an adult, she lives in a Capitol View subdivision called Capitol Gateway.

"It is a family-oriented, upper middle-class neighborhood," Gant says. "It's like a suburbs in the city."

Capitol View's location, in Ward 7 and only 15 minutes from downtown Washington, made it a great place to grow up, Gant says. And she says that most residents of the area don't ever seem to leave.

"My grandmother, she's been living here for over 50 years," Gant says. "People stay around usually until they pass. Then their children usually take over their houses."

But Gant says that the neighborhood has started to change. New construction is coming in, and a Walmart is currently in development. She doesn't see the construction as a bad thing, though. Gant says the new residents are adding to the neighborhood's atmosphere.

"Capitol View is unique because of the longtime residents that you have here that were also part of the working class back in the sixties and that are still here," Gant says. "And with the new people moving into 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."


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