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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

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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History of Anacostia

History of Anacostia

Originally known as Uniontown, what is now Anacostia was the first planned suburb of Washington City. WETA explores the community's history from its beginning in the 1850s and reflects on how the area has changed over the past 50 years with longtime resident Gloria Whitfield.

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City Hall Galleries

City Hall Galleries

Although City Hall may seem like an odd place for an art gallery, Bowie's artists welcome the opportunity to display their artwork at the city's offices. Take a tour through the gallery spaces at Bowie City Hall and view the work of homegrown artists of all ages.

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Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

Religious institutions provide a cornerstone for many communities. In the Anacostia neighborhood there are several such cornerstones. WETA shares how residents are keeping the faith -- whether singing praise at a traditional gospel Mass or reaching out to those in need with an Imam from a local mosque.

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Tom Kelly's Capitol Hill

Tom Kelly's Capitol Hill

Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood is often identified by its great structures: the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and Union Station. But to a boy growing up there in the 1920s and 1930s, those were the places your neighbors worked or built. WETA visits with Tom Kelly as he shares his memories of the neighborhood where he's lived all his life.

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Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

What is it like growing up next to the Army's premier medical center? The residents of Shepherd Park have been neighbors of the prestigious Walter Reed Army Medical Center for nearly 100 years.

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National Capital Bank

National Capital Bank

On Pennsylvania Avenue, sandwiched between two modern banking goliaths, stands National Capital Bank. WETA explores how this seemingly small, family-run business has survived since 1889, weathering stock market crashes, great depressions, recessions and more.

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