MR. JONATHAN WILSON
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Md., and the Glencarlyn neighborhood of Arlington, Va.
MR. NEIL HARRIS
My name is Neil Harris, I'm 58 years old, and I live in the Kentlands, which is a "new urbanist community" in Gaithersburg, Md. Well, Kentlands was a planned community that actually worked according to plan, which is fairly rare. People come from all over to see the Kentlands and to try to understand why it works. The Kentlands is on the west side of Gaithersburg, just off of Highway 270, if you get off 270 at 370, and then come up Great Seneca Highway. We're the large community on the left of Great Seneca.
MR. NEIL HARRIS
I live on Main Street in the Kentlands, which is a street bounded by live-works homes, which are much like you see in a big city like Washington, D.C., rows of store fronts with residences and office spaces up above. The community is very walkable. It's really built to be like a small town in the suburbs where it's self-contained. There's a shopping district. There are residential areas and it's very easy to get from one point to another, and as you walk down the street, you typically will see people that you know and say hello and maybe go have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or whatever. It's really a very, very strong sense of community compared to other places in the suburbs that I have lived over the years.
My name is Steve Erickson, I'm 58 years old, and I live in the Glencarlyn neighborhood. The Glencarlyn neighborhood is located in Arlington. It is bounded on the north by Arlington Boulevard, on the west by Carlin Springs Road, on the east by Glencarlyn Park, and on the south by Virginia Medical Center. The land around here was surveyed by George Washington, and in the local library here, we have some of his surveyor marks on a tree to mark his original land.
In the late 1800s, a fellow named Carlyn moved here and built a resort in an area that is now Glencarlyn Park, and his resort was available to the folks from Washington, D.C. who would come out by train. The oldest standing structure in Arlington is the John Ball House, and you can see that, you can take tours of it. Down the street from that is the original town hall that was built in the late 1800s, still serves as a town hall for the community.
Glencarlyn is really an ideal place to live because it's a combination of a very modern neighborhood that has access to lots of shopping and lots of entertainment. It's also a very old neighborhood with lots of history, and lots of folks that will live here a long time. So I think it's a good combination between the two.
We heard from Neil Harris in Kentlands and Steve Erickson in Glencarlyn. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on Facebook. That's Facebook.com/metroconnection.org. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
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We hope you can join us next week when our theme will be barriers. We'll head out to the coast for the first in a two part series on Virginia's Barrier Islands. We'll find out what life was like for people who lived on those islands, and what drove them to flee to the mainland back in the 1930s. Plus, we'll talk with lawmakers about the barriers to housing for transgender people in Maryland.
It seems as if the population in Maryland is very open to GLBT rights. I don't know why my colleagues would want to put the break on it now.
I'm Jonathan Wilson, in this week for Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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