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Door To Door: Camp Springs, Md. And Seminary Ridge, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door" we'll visit Camp Springs, Md. and the Seminary Ridge neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

MS. TAMMY JONES

00:00:18
I'm Tammy Jones, I live in Camp Springs, Md. It's in Prince George's County, Md. right outside the Beltway near Branch Avenue. Andrews Air Force Base is in Camp Springs.

MS. TAMMY JONES

00:00:32
It got its name from soldiers who would actually come from Washington, D.C. in route to Fort Meade and they would camp over in Camp Springs and there were so many beautiful, abundant springs here in the area that they started calling it Camp Springs.

MS. TAMMY JONES

00:00:51
I think Andrews Air Force Base brought in a lot of families. As a result, single family homes were developed and strip malls were developed. So around the '50s, '60s and '70s, we started seeing suburban sprawl.

MS. TAMMY JONES

00:01:09
Camp Springs has one of the largest home ownerships in the state of Maryland, with 80 percent of the residents owning their homes. It's a great community, beautiful neighborhoods, close proximity to everything, Washington, D.C., National Harbor, Baltimore. So we have easy access, lots of transportation and we have lovely people in our community.

MR. MIKE SOUZA

00:01:41
My name is Michael Souza, I'm 49 years old and I live in the neighborhood of Seminary Ridge bounded by Seminary Road to the north and roughly Duke Street to the south, Quaker Lane to the east and St. Stevens Road.

MR. MIKE SOUZA

00:01:59
Seminary Ridge was built between 1972 and 1974. It was, a lot of the original owners were military. The Episcopal Seminary is across Seminary Road from the neighborhood and part of the grounds of the neighborhood was part of the original seminary. And during the Civil War there was a fort that was built up on the ridge here, Fort Worth and the neighborhood is on the grounds of that fort.

MR. MIKE SOUZA

00:02:32
A lot of young families have really moved in looking for a lot of the amenities that we did. You know, being close to Douglass MacArthur Elementary School there's a real draw. It has a good reputation and a lot of people seeing the benefit of those being close to the school as well as the advantages of public schools within Alexandria.

MR. MIKE SOUZA

00:02:56
We have three to four different events that bring the families together every year. Everything from a neighborhood Halloween party, a holiday party, we have a big cookout that all the members of the neighborhood come and participate in. It's a real slice of Washington life.

SHEIR

00:03:16
We heard from Tammy Jones in Camp Springs and Michael Souza from Seminary Ridge. 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 you can always send us a tweet, our handle is @wamumetro. And you can see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:49
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jacob Fenston, Jonathan Wilson, Martin Di Caro and Kavitha Cardoza along with reporter Lauren Ober. WAMU's managing editor of news is Meymo Lyons. "Metro Connection's" managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our interns are Eva Harder and Kayla Peoples. Lauren Landau 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

00:04:17
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts" and our "Door to Door" theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. All the music we use is listed on our website, metroconnection.org. Just click on a story and you'll find information about its accompanying song.

SHEIR

00:04:33
And if you missed part of today's show you can hear the whole thing on our website by clicking the "This Week on Metro Connection" link. You can also subscribe to our podcast there or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and the NPR news app.

SHEIR

00:04:46
We hope you'll join us next week when we'll off theme and present one of our freewheeling "WildCards" shows. We'll meet the first black helicopter pilot to serve in the U.S. Army. We'll look at our nation's capital through the eyes of an alien from outer space and explore one beach town's efforts to maintain its family friendly reputation despite its boisterous party scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1

00:05:06
Every June our population increases from 7,000 to a neighborhood of 300,000 on every given summer week.

SHEIR

00:05:12
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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