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Door To Door: Arlington Ridge, Va. And Hawthorne, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's Door to Door, we visit Arlington Ridge, Va., and the Hawthorne neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

MS. MARIANNE BECTON

00:00:18
My name is Marianne Becton, I live in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Chevy Chase, and I am 59 years old. The Hawthorne neighborhood is located in Chevy Chase, D.C. It is north of downtown, and it's bound by Oregon Avenue, Western Avenue, and the Pinehurst Tributary. When I walk outside in Hawthorne, and I do it regularly, since I have a dog, a lot of green space, a lot of children, a lot of mature trees, well-managed homes. A lot of people walking, and of course, the proximity to the park, so we get to see the park every day.

MS. MARIANNE BECTON

00:00:54
I think Hawthorne represents a really mixed bag, so all kind of people live here. There are older retirees here. A lot of new, young families have come in these last several years. Blue collar, white collar. We have every kind of demographic mix, age, every racial mix. A very diverse neighborhood. In Hawthorne particularly, there are probably a few things people don't know, but I really would like people to know is that life in the District of Columbia can be very good. It's very pastoral, it's a very clean neighborhood, it's a very neighborly neighborhood.

MS. MARIANNE BECTON

00:01:31
So I think when people think about cities, they think that it's probably so fast-paced and not as kind and not as gentle, and this neighborhood is very kind and very gentle.

MS. KATIE BUCK

00:01:46
Hi, this is Katie Buck, and I am 53, and I live in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood, which is part of Arlington County in the south end of Arlington County. We are the closest community to Washington, D.C. to our north, to the east of us is Crystal City, and to the west is 395, and to the south is Alexandria, Va. The history of Arlington Ridge is very rich. It dates back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Fort Scott Park was a park during the Civil War where the Union built a fort to protect Washington.

MS. KATIE BUCK

00:02:26
The architecture is very mixed in Arlington Ridge. We have a number of homes that are nearing 100 years in age that were built for people to have vacation homes up on the ridge overlooking the Potomac River. And, of course, like any community, we've been experiencing a number of renovations occurring, as well as some teardowns and new homes being built. I love living in Arlington Ridge because we have great accessibility to Washington, D.C., Alexandria, national airport, yet we are an old community with strong neighbors and beautiful homes and trees.

SHEIR

00:03:07
We heard from Marianne Becton in Hawthorne and Katie Buck in Arlington 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 we have a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:43
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jacob Fenston, Emily Berman, Bryan Russo, Jonathan Wilson and Tara Boyle. WAMU's managing editor of news is Memo Lyons. "Metro Connection's" managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Eva Harder. Lauren Landau and John Hines produce Door To Door. .

SHEIR

00:04:06
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SHEIR

00:04:22
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SHEIR

00:04:36
We hope you can join us next week when we'll celebrate the start of the new school year with a brand spanking new show on learning. We'll hear how local acting classes have surged in popularity since the recession and we'll do some learning of our own as we investigate what's been happening in the world of transportation.

SHEIR

00:04:52
I'm Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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