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Door to Door: Clover-College Park, Alexandria, Va. and Accokeek, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Accokeek, Maryland and the Clover-College Park area of Alexandria, Virginia.

MS. PATRICIA DANE ROGERS

00:00:18
My name is Patricia Dane Rogers. I live in Clover-College Park in the west end of Alexandria, Virginia. Clover-College Park is located between Duke Street, Jenny's Lane, (unintelligible) and Quaker Lane. Clover comes from a 69 acre track, once known as Stump Hill, later changed to Summer Hill, that was sold to a developer in 1946. But it had 18th century roots, and literally, the who's who of old town had a row of summer houses right where we're living today, starting in 1803.

MS. PATRICIA DANE ROGERS

00:00:58
There are many interesting people who've lived in the Clover-College Park neighborhood. Jerry Ford is unique, because most neighborhoods can't say that a President lived in their neighborhood for 20 years. But he did, and he was a very active part of the community. He went to Emmanuel Church on the hill, just on the other side of Quaker Lane, was an active parishioner, as was his wife. And his children, early on, went to MacArthur School. When we moved here, 15 years ago, it definitely skewed older.

MS. PATRICIA DANE ROGERS

00:01:26
I would say many, many people in their 50s and 60s. And even older. Now, I think that most are in their 30s and 40s and have many young children. You can have a full life and never leave Clover-College Park.

MR. STEVENSON MCILVAINE

00:01:48
My name is Stevenson McIlvaine. I live in Accokeek, Maryland. Accokeek is located due south of Washington, about 20 miles south of the Washington Monument, down the Potomac. Mount Vernon is just across the river, just across the Potomac, and you can see it from here. And from Mount Vernon, you can see this side, so back in the 60s, when there was a threat of a cement plant or a sewage plant, or something like that -- forgotten what it was -- the Park Service, under pressure from the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, bought up the shoreline and put easements on all the land behind the shoreline, so that trees could not be cut down.

MR. STEVENSON MCILVAINE

00:02:31
My favorite part of living in Accokeek is being this close to Washington and living a rural lifestyle. We farm. We're able to farm here, but we can sell our products in Washington. I'm not sure I want to say Accokeek is a great place to live, because we don't want rapid growth. We're hopeful that Accokeek will remain rural and quiet and peaceful and not part of the obvious Washington suburban sprawl.

SHEIR

00:03:06
We heard from Patricia Dane Rogers in Clover-College Park and Stevenson McIlvaine in Accokeek. 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

00:03:39
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jonathan Wilson, Jacob Fenston, Kavitha Bryan Russo, Martin DiCaro and Lauren Ober. 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 Tyler Daniels. Lauren Landau and John Hines produce "Door to Door." Thanks, as always, to the WAMU Engineering and Digital Media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.

SHEIR

00:04:06
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 metroconnection.org. Just click on a story and you'll find information about its accompanying song. You can also hear the entire show on our website by clicking the "This Week On Metro Connection." Plus, you can subscribe to our podcast there, or find us on iTunes, Stitcher and the NPR News app.

SHEIR

00:04:34
We hope you can join us next week when we'll bring you a show we're calling "State of the City." We'll go ward by ward in D.C. and investigate issues residents hold dear, from the redrawing of school boundaries in Ward 1 to public housing in Ward 4, to abandoned (unintelligible) in Ward 8. And in Ward 6, we'll explore the new two billion dollar development that will transform the so-called little quadrant that could again.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE #1

00:04:58
We're not just about building new. It's about true rebirth, and we adapt to it while maintaining our core preservation.

SHEIR

00:05:06
I'm Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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