Kathy Hoekstra standing in front of her home in the Lincolnia Hills neighborhood of Alexandria Va.
It's our weekly trip around the region. This time, we'll visit Lincolnia Hills in Alexandria, Va., and the Kent neighborhood of Northwest D.C.
Lincolnia Hills, Va.
Kathy Hoekstra lives in northern Virginia, just west of Interstate 395. And she says that her neighborhood of Lincolnia Hills in Alexandria has remained immune to urbanization, even though it's still located inside the Beltway. "It's all basically single family homes, so we have no apartments or commercial buildings."
Hoekstra says that government employees built up Lincolnia HIlls in the mid-50s. "But obviously, some of those people have passed on, and their homes have been bought by new families coming in," she says. "So we have Hispanics and African Americans and a whole group of everybody else across the spectrum. So federal workers, white collar workers, blue collar workers, it's a very mixed group, which is wonderful."
According to Hoekstra, Lincolnia Hills has a mixed group of wildlife as well. "We also have a stream that flows down in this area. We have deer and raccoon and foxes, and a lot of wildlife, which I don't think too many people expect within the Beltway, but we have a lot of them."
Hoekstra believes that Lincolnia Hills is a unique neighborhood in the Washington area. "It's a wonderful neighborhood, and it's a very peaceful, quiet neighborhood inside the Beltway, which I think is somewhat unusual."
Connie Carter lives in the Kent neighborhood of northwest D.C., a community located near the Potomac River.
While Kent primarily saw development in the 1930s, Carter says the neighborhood today is an eclectic one. "The architecture itself is a mishmash, and so I think it attracts a variety of people," she says. "The key elementary school is located in Kent on Dana Place down near MacArthur, so there are a large number of families and small children as well."
According to Carter, Kent isn't just eclectic. It's historical. "Chain Bridge Road is not only the oldest or second oldest street in Washington, D.C., but is by far the oldest street in Kent," she says.
Chain Bridge Road allowed trucks to go down to the canal and cut through the woods. "I believe there was a railroad or a streetcar at the bottom of the hill, so it was a pretty significant bypass road."
Carter says that Kent's location is a major perk. "You can live in northwest Washington and still be in Bethesda, out at Tyson's Corner and at Reagan Airport and Georgetown all within 15 or 10 minutes. So it's highly convenient."
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