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Benning resident Sharon Shanklin-Browne says she's looking forward to the development of Minnesota Avenue.
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Benning resident Sharon Shanklin-Browne says she's looking forward to the development of Minnesota Avenue.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time around, we visit Capital Heights, Md. and the Benning Ridge neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

Benning Ridge, D.C.

Benning Ridge is one of 29 communities in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 7, nestled in between Pennsylvania Avenue, Benning Road and East Capitol Street. And according to resident Sharon Shanklin-Browne, residents are looking forward to the development of Minnesota Avenue, which she hopes will bring more bustle to a neighborhood that doesn't allow for a lot of shop-lined streets.

But that doesn't mean Benning Ridge doesn't have a lot to offer its residents.

"This is a real community," Shanklin-Browne says. "It's tree-lined, there's grass, there's flowers in the spring and the summer, and there's just homes. And these homes have been well-kept, lawns are manicured and the neighbors generally just take pride in where they live."

Shanklin-Browne says that residents of Benning Ridge have been around for a long time.

"Some longer than we have. And as I said, I've been here for 32 years. There's some who have raised children. Their grandchildren come through. It has its own history. It has its own culture."

Capitol Heights, MD

The neighborhood of Capitol Heights may be in Maryland, but resident Nicholas McDonald says it's right next door to D.C., and a lot of families live in this area between Marlboro Pike and Central Avenue.

"When I take a walk around the neighborhood, I see a lot of children. There's always someone who is trying to take their child to the park. There are parks everywhere," McDonald says. "You see a lot of elderly catering to their yards."

Every summer, the community hosts Capitol Heights Day at the Brooks Road Neighborhood Park. According to McDonald, it's a chance for county members to have fun with the kids and talk to the parents about what's happening in the community.

"Capitol Heights is a great place to live because there's not too much trouble to get," he says. "There are a lot of good people that are very peaceful, very informative and educated. And again, it's the metropolitan area... and you just can't go wrong in a neighborhood like that."

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