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Shaw and LeDroit Park, D.C.

Located in the Northwest quadrant of the District, Shaw and LeDroit Park share a past as cultural hubs for influential African Americans.

Shaw was the home of America's jazz icon Duke Ellington, and LeDroit Park is described as a "shining oasis" of historic Victorian architecture.

The Barbershop
Frank Love has been cutting hair at Gregg's Barbershop since 1959. Now Love, community storyteller and historian, gives us a view of Shaw as seen by one of the long-time businesses at the heart of the neighborhood, his barbershop.

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.

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.

The Anna J. Cooper House
Having lived to be 106 years old, Dr. Anna J. Cooper witnessed the death of slavery, and became the 4th African American woman to earn a doctorate degree. Brian Brown is restoring the Anna J. Cooper House to resemble its appearance around 1900.

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.

Del Ray, Alexandria, VA

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the historically working class community of Del Ray boasts a fascinating history and active arts scene.

As the home of the first interurban streetcar line in the country, Del Ray was one of Washington's first bedroom communities at the turn of the century. Today, the neighborhood nurtures an active arts community.

Railroad Ties
In the 1890s, Del Ray became the home of the first interurban streetcar in the United States. Today, the Mount Vernon Community School honors the community's past by displaying a red caboose on its grounds.

The Dairy Godmother
Famous for its custard, The Dairy Godmother is a sweet example of a thriving independent business in Del Ray, where owner Liz Davis' personal philosophy of community is always apparent.

Memories of Del Ray
Norman Grimm grew up in Del Ray during the Great Depression, remaining there to raise a family of his own. Today Norman reminisces fondly about the Del Ray of his youth and reflects on the changes in the neighborhood he proudly calls home.

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.

Bowie, MD

The largest city in Prince Georges County, Bowie has a lot to offer residents and visitors. Its population consists of families from an array of cultures, religions and ethnicities. The city enjoys a flourishing artistic community and is home to the historic Belair Mansion and Stable.

Amid reconstruction and changes, Bowie has remained a family place filled with community centers and attractions for children, parents and seniors. Learn how Bowie residents embrace their growing diversity.

Belair Mansion and Stable
It is said that the blood of Belair horses runs through the veins of every American racehorse of distinction. But how did Bowie, Maryland come to be known as the cradle of American thoroughbred horseracing? Uncover the answers and a 250-year-old legacy at the Belair Mansion and Stable.

Bowie International Festival
Bowie residents are embracing their growing diversity. Join them at the annual Bowie International Festival for a day of exploring traditions, food and artwork from many countries and cultures. You can travel around the world without ever leaving town.

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. It might just lead to your next art purchase.

Local Pages
John Rouse knows a lot about Bowie, Maryland. As editor and general manager of the local newspaper, The Bowie Blade News, it’s his job to know what’s going on in this town. John gives us the "newspaperman's" view of the town he’s called home for the last 35 years.

Southwest, D.C.

Home to one of the longest continuously operating wharves in the United States, Southwest Washington, D.C. boasts a fascinating history and community spirit. Washington's smallest quadrant offers a blend of modern development and historic buildings in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. Learn more about Southwest's past, present and future on WETA!

Fish Wharf
A Washington, D.C., institution for more than 200 years, the Maine Avenue Fish Wharf is as historic as it is lively. We visit 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.

Dr. Dorothy Height
Civil Rights advocate and Southwest resident Dr. Dorothy Height exemplifies the important leadership role of women in the Civil Rights Movement. We sit down and talk with this local legend who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and who has met with U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.

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.

Historic Southwest
Years ago, the neighborhood of Southwest was known as "the island" because the Washington Canal cut it off from the rest of the city. This "island" has seen enormous change and development over the years. Join us on a walking tour that will take us to the oldest row houses in Washington, and to a waterfront area on the brink of redevelopment.

Shepherd Park, D.C.

Located on the northern tip of the District, Shepherd Park has welcomed families of different races, religions and ethnicities since the 1950s. Shepherd Park’s architecture is as diverse as its population with homes to match each decade of its existence - from the large country homes of Washington’s elite built in the early 20th Century, to the middle class ramblers constructed after World War II.

Shepherd Park History
Named for Alexander "Boss" Shepherd — a Washington, D.C. governor from 1873 to 1874 — Shepherd Park remained a rural neighborhood well into the 19th century. WETA uncovers the events that transformed forests and farmlands into the urban neighborhood that is today's Shepherd Park.

Neighbors, Incorporated
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.

Shepherd Park Homes
A stroll down Shepherd Park’s streets reveals an unusually diverse architectural mixture of homes. WETA takes viewers on a tour of the Colonials, Tutors and Sears catalogue homes in the neighborhood, and shows how these different styles came together.

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

Glover Park, D.C.

Situated off of Wisconsin Avenue, Glover Park has had a historical presence since the late 19th Century, and was considered an upscale alternative to the then-squalor of Georgetown in the 1920s when major development commenced. The community retained its middle-class neighborhood feel and today Glover Park is known for its low crime rate, young population and flourishing retail district.

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.

Community Garden
Created in World War II as part of the war effort, the community garden in Glover Park is one of the few "victory garden" sites still in use today. Hear how the garden still contributes to a greater cause.

Artist Carlton Fletcher
See how resident artist and historian Carlton Fletcher paints images of the neighborhood with both his brushes and words.

A Spirited Past
Discover how a medical loophole during Prohibition led a local pharmacist, Doc Eisenberg, to establish a family business that remains to this day a fixture in the community.

Adams Morgan, D.C.

Adams Morgan, located northeast of Dupont Circle and Woodley Park in Northwest, D.C., was established in the late-19th century, and was considered a fashionable suburb for the upper-middle class. World War II saw a change in residency, as many buildings became boarding houses, and the neighborhood declined. During the 1960s, the community began its renewal, attracting a growing number of younger residents and immigrants and laying the groundwork for today’s ambiance of diversity and lively urban life.

In what began in the 1970s as two Chilean immigrants painting a mural expressing the struggles of the Latino community, WETA visits Adams Morgan's large and colorful collection of murals and introduces some of its artists.

Adams Morgan History
Until the late-19th century, the hills above the City of Washington were nothing but farmland and country estates. WETA shares its transformation to an urban hot spot and tells how Adams Morgan got its name along the way.

La Comunidad Latina
Historically home to a small concentration of Latino residents, Adams Morgan's Spanish-speaking population exploded in the 1980s. WETA explores how Adams Morgan has become the center of the Latino community in the District.

Taste for Everyone
Adams Morgan's restaurants span the globe within a few bustling blocks. WETA visits these ethnic eateries — including what some consider the city's most unique Sunday brunch — and shows viewers there is truly something for everyone in Adams Morgan.

Anacostia, D.C.

Originally known as Uniontown, what is now Anacostia was the first planned suburb of Washington City. Once the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and now a centerplace for arts and culture, the community boasts a rich past and present.

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

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.

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.

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.

Dupont Circle, D.C.

Featuring art galleries, shops and eateries galore, Dupont Circle is one of Washington's liveliest neighborhoods. Join WETA as we explore the community.

History of DuPont Circle
Learn about today's metropolitan area, which began as Pierre L'Enfant's vision of a grand and distinguished city.

Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café
Visit this popular neighborhood landmark, believed to be the first bookstore/café hybrid in the country.

Chess University
Discover the hub of the city's chess community, where lively games have been played by people of all walks of life since 1968.

The Brewmaster's Castle
Join WETA for a tour through the Brewmaster's Castle, the nation's most intact late-Victorian home.

Georgetown, D.C.

Originally a lively port on the Maryland shore of the Potomac, Georgetown became part of the capital city when George Washington selected the region as the seat of government. Today Georgetown is one of Washington's best known and upscale neighborhoods, featuring shops, eateries, and, of course, Georgetown University. Join WETA as we explore the community.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Explore this historic canal on the Potomac, which is today a national historical park and recreational destination.

Spy Town
Discover the favorite haunts of spies. From clandestine meetings to fleeing KGB defectors, WETA shows where it happened.

Blues Alley
Visit this nationally renowned jazz supper club, where greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and local favorite Eva Cassidy once played.

Gardens of Georgetown
Join WETA as we explore the great pride of many residents: the private gardens of Georgetown.

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