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Door To Door: West Lanham Hills, Md., And Arboretum, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's Door To Door we visit West Lanham, Md. and the Arboretum community of Northeast D.C.

MS. JEAN MASON

00:00:18
My name is Jean Mason. I'm in the Arboretum community and I've been here about 40 years. The Arboretum community sits right outside the gates of the National Arboretum, off Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue in Northeast Washington.

MS. JEAN MASON

00:00:35
We love living next to the National Arboretum. My twin sister, Joan Black, matter of fact, refers to herself as the official tour guide. We often have folks who'll come in and even if they don't come visit different people in the neighborhood, if we just see people in the National Arboretum who are looking around and appear to be a little lost, we kind of give them little private tours and show them different spots.

MS. JEAN MASON

00:01:00
Our neighborhood is very, very stable. We don't change a lot. Folks tend to live here forever. And often, when they go home, their children will live here, or their grandchildren. I love that it hasn't changed. I like knowing my neighbors. I like being able to walk down the street and know everybody by name and everyone speaks to you and smiles or feels comfortable if they need help to ask. We are a very close-knit neighborhood.

MR. LEE ROWE

00:01:34
I'm Lee Rowe. I'm 51 years old and I live in West Lanham Hills. It's bounded on the south by Route 450 and on the north by Ellin Road. And on the east by East-West Highway or Route 410.

MR. LEE ROWE

00:01:47
Well, West Lanham Hills is single-house, residential neighborhood and the location, of course, was one of the prime reasons we came here, but the other thing is that the neighbors look out for each other. We've had people living here for decades. And we've been here for about 16 years now. Most of the houses were built in 1940, 1941. We've had people who've lived here since that time and we have new people coming in. So it's just sort of a neighborly neighborhood and we enjoy living here.

MR. LEE ROWE

00:02:19
The biggest change is influx of Hispanic families in West Lanham Hills. So our newsletter's now in both English and Spanish, in order to reach out to them. You know, they brought in their own culture and some of their own businesses. And so we're trying to do what we can to reach out to them from being neighbors, as well as being part of the association.

SHEIR

00:02:41
We heard from Jean Mason in D.C.'s Arboretum community and Lee Rowe in West Lanham Hills. 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

00:03:09
Up next, why a growing number of local residents are falling prey to mortgage scams.

MR. LUIS GARCIA

00:03:15
He was doing our signatures. He falsified those signatures.

SHEIR

00:03:19
That and more is coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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