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Door To Door: Woodley Park, D.C. And Mantua, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:03
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Woodley Park in northwest D.C., and Mantua in Fairfax County, Virginia.

MR. BILL MENCZER

00:00:17
My name is Bill Menczer, and I live in this great community known as Woodley Park. Woodley Park is probably best known for the National Zoo. So, if you know where the National Zoo is, you know where we live. Woodley Park is about 100 years old, although we do have a house that goes back to almost the 18th century. The famous Woodley Mansion, which was built in 1804. We have fascinating individuals who live here now and who have lived here in the past. Tim Russert was one of our neighbors.

MR. BILL MENCZER

00:00:40
Tom Brokaw lived here. Helen Thomas. We have the director of the National Zoo, lives right here in Woodley Park. He just walks to work. Isn't that convenient? One of the odd things that happened in the area, in recent times, very recent times, was that when one of the pandas, now this is not the famous pandas, this one of the red pandas, whose name, I believe, was Rusty, escaped from the zoo. So, particularly along Cathedral Avenue, which parallels the zoo, the neighbors were all in a hissy, saying, oh boy, the panda's out. Where is he? Let's go hunting for him.

MR. BILL MENCZER

00:01:11
Let's see if we can find him. Running up and down, the dogs are out on patrol, taking a look for it. And everybody having a great old time. A very social event, because that's all part of the fun of Woodley Park. So, we have just the idyllic community that provides us the protection and the peace of living in the suburbs, but really being in the city, and being close enough to have access to the museums, the monuments, concerts, theaters, and everything else that this great city has to offer. I couldn't think of a better place to live than right here in Woodley Park, D.C.

MR. BILL RAKOW

00:01:44
I'm Bill Rakow. I am one of the senior citizens in Mantua. If you look at a map, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax are a diamond shape. If you connect the points in that diamond, that's exactly where Mantua is. Mantua is a destination community, as I like to call it. People come here and they live here for a lifetime. There's some folks that are 100 years old that are still in neighborhood. Most of the people moving into the neighborhood are families with children, and that's the feature of the neighborhood.

MR. BILL RAKOW

00:02:18
They want to be in a neighborhood that's very children and family friendly. We're centrally located. We're an extremely large neighborhood, with about 1550 homes. We have part of the intra-county connector trail that runs right through the neighborhood, which is great for jogging, walking, riding bikes. Plus, Mantua, Frost and Woodson are some of the best schools in the country, and certainly all the schools in Fairfax County are good, but these happen to be among the crème de la crème.

SHEIR

00:02:53
We heard from Bill Menczer in Woodley Park, and Bill Rakow in Mantua. If you'd like us to knock on your door, so you can talk about your neighborhood, send an email to metro@wamu.org. You can also 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. After the break, an artist who's coming of age in her own way, well past the age of 100.

MS. KATHLEEN WILLIAMS

00:03:21
Well, it keeps you alive. It keeps you in touch and alive.

SHEIR

00:03:26
It's just ahead on "Metro Connection" on WAMU 88.5
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