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WETA Neighborhoods

WETA Neighborhoods

From secret histories to off-the-beaten path landmarks, WETA Neighborhoods reveals the lesser-known aspects of our favorite greater Washington surroundings. The one-hour special highlights four neighborhoods bursting with personality and stories: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Anacostia.

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In Georgetown, visit the hangout where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie; delve into Georgetown's origins as a center of the African-American community; and find out about the neighborhood's clandestine past as a center of spy craft. 

In Dupont Circle, go underground as a long abandoned street car station gets new life; sample one of the country's leading farmers' markets, and meet culinary pioneers of the farm-to-table movement.

On Capitol Hill, follow the chef into the kitchen at one of the country's hottest restaurants; discover the hidden alleys that now serve as gateways to the tiny house movement; meet a community leader so beloved he has a street —  and a parade — named after him.   

In Anacostia, get a behind-the-scenes look at a Daytime-Emmy Award-winning web soap opera that is putting this neighborhood on the map; venture into the urban backwoods with a dedicated photographer who is helping the polluted river make a comeback; and meet an artist who is inspiring the next generation to participate in the neighborhood's flourishing arts scene.

These and other stories go behind the scenes to highlight the people and places that make greater Washington's neighborhoods notable and unique.

 

 

Recent Clips

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Nature Fest

Nature Fest is a week long celebration of nature in Anacostia's Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Over 100 students visit the park in Anacostia and get up-close with frogs, turtles, butterflies and more in a way that isn't possible elsewhere in the city.

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Kramerbooks

Since opening in 1976, Dupont Circle’s popular bookstore-café has weathered both the rise of the e-book and a subpoena from a special prosecutor, and it still serves as one of the neighborhood’s most popular meeting spots.

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Capitol Hill's Fridge Gallery

In an alley off Capitol Hill's Barracks Row, a warehouse-turned-art gallery displays the work of D.C.’s street artists.

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Bump 'n Grind Cafe

A boutique cafe and vinyl shop that hosts community events on a regular basis, including Flutterby: Stories about Sound.

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Georgetown's Blues Alley

Blues Alley, the nation's oldest jazz dinner club, seeks to foster the next generation of jazz musicians.

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Clips from Previous Seasons

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Every day after school, boys and young men living in Anacostia's low-income and public housing produce some of the city's most unique art. WETA visits the Life Pieces to Masterpieces program in Lincoln Heights and shows how it is helping young people turn their challenges into possibilities through artistic expression.

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Neighbors, Inc.

Neighbors, Inc.

Shepherd Park was one of the Districts' first truly integrated neighborhoods, largely because of a group of citizens called Neighbors, Incorporated. In the late 1950s, this group of black and white residents came together to fight unfair housing practices and to promote integration. They are still an active part of Shepherd Park today.

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Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Since 1958, Ben's Chili Bowl has been delighting residents with halfsmokes, burgers and, of course, chili. Owners Ben and Virginia Ali show us how life at the Chili Bowl has changed, decade by decade, since the 1950s.

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KidSafe

KidSafe

A community-based educational organization, KidSafe helps children in Southwest succeed at school and in life. It provides a safe, nurturing and fun environment where students work on homework, are tutored in reading and math, and learn essential life skills. See how KidSafe is making a difference one child at a time.

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Ready to Play

Ready to Play

Watch a play-by-play on the Glover Park co-ed softball league, the city's only independent neighborhood softball league, now in its 25th year.

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Duke Ellington's DC

Duke Ellington's DC

In the early 20th century, Shaw was known as "Black Broadway" and the home of jazz legend Duke Ellington. WETA examines the Duke's Shaw and the area's recent renewal.

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Fish Market

Fish Market

A Washington, D.C., institution for more than 200 years, the Maine Avenue Fish Wharf is as historic as it is lively. WETA visits this bustling market to uncover the historic charm and the current cast of characters that makes the wharf a favorite stop for tourists and locals alike.

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