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Door To Door: Kent Island, Md. And Columbia Heights, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:10
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we'll visit Kent Island, Md., and Columbia Heights, in northwest D.C.

MR. WILLIAM ERICSON DENNY III

00:00:18
My name is William Ericson Denny III, my age is 81, and I live in Stevensville, Md., which is located on Kent Island. Kent Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay, at the foot of the Bay Bridge, Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It would be the first English settlement in Maryland, settled by William Claiborne in 1634.

MR. WILLIAM ERICSON DENNY III

00:00:46
The name of the island is actually named by William Claiborne who settled here, and he actually called it the Isle of Kent, because he came from Kent, England. There's actually a lot of history here. Some people love that, and other people are more interested in going swimming at Ocean City, or Rehobeth, but you can do the same thing right here on Kent Island.

MR. WILLIAM ERICSON DENNY III

00:01:11
In wintertime, you have a lot of geese, and a lot of Canadian geese, a lot of snow geese, and they stay here all winter and go back when the temperature changes. You're looking at a changing part of nature, and that's what makes it so beautiful, because your pictures of Kent Island change every hour, or every half hour, and to me, that's wonderful.

MR. RICHARD DUBESHTER

00:01:49
Hello, I'm Richard Dubeshter, and I live in Columbia Heights. Columbia Heights is located in northwest Washington, D.C., in the middle of the city. The demographic for Columbia Heights would be ten or 20 percent Hispanic, 30 percent African-American, the rest, Caucasian, but mixed with all kinds of other cultures. It's a pretty diverse population.

MR. RICHARD DUBESHTER

00:02:22
When I first moved here, where the Tivoli was, most of the land around where the Giant is now, was all a community garden, and it was all fenced off. And the Tivoli was in a state of total disrepair. The first people that opened on the street was Columbia Heights Coffee Shop, and Marty from Columbia Heights Coffee Shop at the time was a real pioneer, because nobody thought that he would stay in business.

MR. RICHARD DUBESHTER

00:02:55
And he did, and then he sold the business, and now there's Maple, Meridian Pint, Kangaroo Boxing Club, the Coupe, places that people can meet in the neighborhood, like BloomBars, which has lots of activities for young children. It acts as a conduit to solidify the neighborhood.

SHEIR

00:03:17
We heard from Bill Denny in Kent Island, and Richard Dubeshter in Columbia Heights. 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 you can find a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:52
And that is "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Emily Berman, Jonathan Wilson, Bryan Russo, Jacob Fenston and Kavitha Cardoza. 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 Steven Yenzer. Lauren Landau and John Heinz produce "Door to Door."

SHEIR

00:04:12
Thanks, as always, to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website. 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. You can find all the music we use each week on our website, that's MetroConnection.org. Just click on a story and you'll find information about its accompanying song.

SHEIR

00:04:34
Also if you missed part of today's show, no worries, you can stream the whole thing on our website by clicking the "This Week On Metro Connection" link. You can subscribe to our podcast there as well, or find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and the NPR news app. We hope you can join us next week when we bring your our annual haunted D.C. show. We'll crawl through the catacombs at a local monastery, and tour the spooky spots of Georgetown. Plus, we'll learn why one woman's Halloween decorations have inspired a big, bad legal battle.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN

00:05:02
The haunted garden is not a danger to the community, it is not a business promotion, and it does promote community spirit.

SHEIR

00:05:10
I'm Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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