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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

Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue

The annual Del Ray Art on the Avenue festival showcases the work of more than 300 artisans and craftspeople. In this segment, artists and residents talk about their culturally rich neighborhood.

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LeDroit Park

LeDroit Park

Originally developed in 1873, the gated "Whites only" community of LeDroit Park was a high-end romantic suburb. After the gates came down, it was a haven for Howard University scholars, literary figures and civil rights leaders such as Mary Church Terrell.

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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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Marine Barracks Washington

Marine Barracks Washington

The oldest active post of the United States Marine Corps has been a fixture of Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood since 1801. Witness the military traditions proudly continued day in and day out by Marines at the barracks at "8th and I".

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Adams Morgan History

Adams Morgan History

Until the late 19th century, the hills above the City of Washington were nothing but farmland and country estates. WETA describes the transformation of Adams Morgan into an urban hot spot and explains how Adams Morgam got its name.

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THEARC

THEARC

THEARC is a unique community center -- a world-class facility that provides education, health care, recreation and arts for residents East of the Anacostia River. WETA's tour of the facility reveals the only place where you can find the Washington Ballet, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Levine School of Music under one roof.

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Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery

Most people think of cemeteries as final resting places for the dead, but Capitol Hill's Congressional Cemetery has become something of a place for the living. WETA discovers how an immense community effort has led to the preservation and transformation of the historic cemetery.

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