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Door To Door: Shepherd Park, D.C. and Northridge, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we'll visit Northridge, in Alexandria, Va., and the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

MS. ROSALIND BOVEY

00:00:18
My name is Rosalind Bovey. I live in the Northridge neighborhood in Alexandria, and I'm 74 years old. Northridge is in the northwest corner of Alexandria. It's bounded by Park Fairfax on the north and Quaker Lane on the west. Since 1648, the neighborhood has been part of nine jurisdictions, but has been attached to the city of Alexandria since 1929. The streetcar line that ran between Alexandria and Washington from 1892 and 1931 led to increased development along Russell Road, one of the boundaries of our neighborhood.

MS. ROSALIND BOVEY

00:00:59
It's kind of like a small town. To me, it's sort of like a home village. And what I've always thought about living in Alexandria is that Alexandria is like a real town. It has characteristics of its own. It's not just a suburb of Washington, and people feel a loyalty toward it just like they feel a loyalty toward this neighborhood, Northridge.

MS. ROSALYN COATES

00:01:32
My name is Rosalyn Coates, and I live in Shepherd Park. The boundaries of Shepherd Park are to the south, Fern Street; to the east, Georgia Avenue; to the west, 16th Street; and to the north, Eastern Avenue. What I really liked about Shepherd Park is that it is diverse on purpose. That is, somewhere around in the '50s an organization called Neighbors, Inc. was established to stem the tide of white flight, where African Americans began moving into the neighborhood and people of other racial and ethnic groups.

MS. ROSALYN COATES

00:02:14
And there was a concerted effort to create and maintain diversity in the neighborhood. And that holds today. It's an extraordinarily diverse, all racial and ethnic groups are respected. One of the places that really shows up is during our annual potluck dinner, where we get foods from every racial or ethnic group imaginable and it makes for a wonderful, wonderful meal and a great time for fellowship among the members.

MS. ROSALYN COATES

00:02:46
You'll hear from some of the neighbors, that a group of us are like shared parents or our kids, you know, have grown up together and so they have moms 1, 2 and 3, dads 1, 2 and 3. It's just really awesome.

SHEIR

00:03:03
We heard from Rosalind Bovey in Northridge and Rosalyn Coates in Shepherd Park. 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 we have a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, that's metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:41
Up next, a newcomer makes her way in classical music.

MS. TAMI LEE HUGHES

00:03:45
Playing in an orchestra is very physically demanding. It's almost like playing a sport, which that's very surprising to me.

SHEIR

00:03:53
That and more is coming your way on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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