Door-to-Door at DC Public Library
"I'm kinda glad to say I'm a part of that community."
"It's just like any small town in America."
"There's such a mix of people here."
"It has a different feel to it."
Over the past few months, we have been recording Washingtonians' stories about the places they call home -- through Door-to-Door, a partnership with WAMU 88.5 that has brought us inside the neighborhoods that make up our diverse city.
Through conversations with residents about the history, geography, and culture of their communities, we have caught a glimpse at the what makes Washington's neighborhoods unique. Listen to stories from people such as:
- Laurence Aurbach of Woodland Normanstone: "In 1910, Congress exempted our neighborhood from the city grid plan, which is why we have a curvy streets and why there isn’t a lot of traffic through here."
- Tiffany Dean in Lincoln Heights: "With us residents, if we work together and become a community, then we can stop that [negativity] really quickly."
- Michael Henderson in Edgewood: "Ten years ago, I don't think I saw anyone walking their dog."
- Councilman Tommy Wells in Capitol Hill: "There's still a sense of that small neighborhood."
WAMU has created an interactive map of all of the Door-to-Door stories collected, and all recordings will be archived at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in the Washingtoniana Division for years to come.
The library partnership has ended, but we were proud to host Door-to-Door with DC Public Library events with WAMU-FM at Petworth, Shaw, Southeast and Southwest neighborhood libraries.
Have a story to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details about your story. You can also send a tweet to Jonna McKone at @jonnamckone.
Door-To-Door at DC Public Library is funded through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.