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Door To Door: Parkwood, Md. And Ashburn, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
Time for out weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Ashburn, Virginia and the Parkwood neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland.

MS. CYNTHIA SMITH

00:00:19
My name is Cynthia Smith. I am 43 years old and I live in Ashburn, Virginia. Ashburn, Virginia is located northwest of Washington, D.C. It's located between the Herndon area and Leesburg. Ashburn, originally, was a farming community, and then as the developers built the houses, it's built up. Initially, there wasn't a lot of restaurants, a lot of people, and then as more businesses move in, you get different restaurants, a different mix of people. Different ethnic restaurants, which is really nice.

MS. CYNTHIA SMITH

00:00:53
So, it's been nice just to see it all grow and develop. We do have horses here. My daughter loves to horseback ride, so we have access, close by, to horseback riding. Whether it be here in Ashburn, believe it or not, we do have access to that, or you can go out towards Leesburg and Purcellville. In Ashburn, there is a huge technology sector. You have a lot of data centers, more data centers being built, so but it seems like a lot of people still are government contractors, and that requires, most of the time, being on site.

MS. CYNTHIA SMITH

00:01:24
It's a small town feel. You don't feel like you're constantly in a mad rush to go everywhere. You do have the trails and the community feeling of people knowing who you are. But then, also, this, the easy access into D.C., or if you wanna go up to Baltimore, wherever you want to go, it's not far away.

MR. CLIFF BALKAM

00:01:49
My name is Cliff Balkam, and I live in the Parkwood neighborhood in Bethesda. The Parkwood neighborhood is in north Bethesda. It is bounded on the south and west by Beach Drive and Rock Creek Park. On the east, by Summit Avenue and Cedar Lane, and on the north by Knowles Avenue. The Parkwood neighborhood was built, originally, I believe, in the early 1950's. A lot of the houses that were built in Parkwood were small brick houses, probably not much bigger than the apartments, out of which, people were moving to occupy them. It was built up some more in the later '50s.

MR. CLIFF BALKAM

00:02:24
A different style of housing. And it was pretty stable for about the next 30 or 40 years or so. Then, starting in the '90s, a lot of these houses began to be upgraded in a big way, or even torn down to the ground. And new, much larger houses built in their place. I would say the first thing that makes Parkwood unique is its proximity to Rock Creek Park. And the wonderful creek itself and the jogging, or bicycling path is there, which many residents use to walk, cycle or jog, as I do.

MR. CLIFF BALKAM

00:02:57
Parkwood is a great place to live. You feel like you're still right next to Rock Creek Park, and the trees, the weather and the people are all great.

SHEIR

00:03:05
We heard from Cliff Balkam in Parkwood and Cynthia Smith in Ashburn. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to metro@wamu.org. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:36
After the break, we return to Clark County, Virginia and follow up with the monks at Holy Cross Abbey.

FR. ROBERT BARNES

00:03:41
Sadly, we lost two monks. Two monks passed away earlier this year, but we've also had two new men come and have now joined as novices.

SHEIR

00:03:51
It's coming up on Metro Connection, here on WAMU 88.5.
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