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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

La Comunidad Latina

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.

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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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Dr. Dorothy Height

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.

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Memories of Del Ray

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.

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Historic Southwest

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.

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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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Spytown

Spytown

Discover the favorite haunts of spies. From clandestine meetings to fleeing KGB defectors, Georgetown is where it happened.

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