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A photo caption with the "My Neighborhood in 200 Words" feature in the Oct. 3 Metro section incorrectly identified Pallavi Damani Kumar, who was pictured with her daughter, Rani, as Nitin Kumar.
MY NEIGHBORHOOD IN 200 WORDS

MY NEIGHBORHOOD IN 200 WORDS

Nitin Kumar and daughter Rani prepared to go trick-or-treating for Halloween last year in Hillandale, a gated community in the District.
Nitin Kumar and daughter Rani prepared to go trick-or-treating for Halloween last year in Hillandale, a gated community in the District. (Nitin Kumar)

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Where we live shapes us, and we shape where we live. Here's what area residents have to say about where they live. An occasional Page Three feature.

Being Careful What One Wishes For

The thing I like best about my South Arlington neighborhood is that I live within walking distance of many useful amenities. Nevertheless, as much as I appreciate these offerings, the area could still use a few enhancements.

We have a classic 24-hour diner, a nice independent coffee shop and a popular movie theater that serves beer with the popcorn.

We also have vacant lots and empty storefronts.

We have efficient bus service, but no Metro stop.

We have a library, but no bookstore.

There are more than a dozen places for hair, nails and beauty treatments, but no gym or health club.

I can buy ski boots, a parakeet or a statue of the Virgin Mary, but not a dress shirt.

I can visit a fortuneteller, but not a hardware store.

When I'm in the mood for pizza, pad thai or mu shu pork, I'm in great shape. If I want barbecue, prime rib or corned beef and cabbage, I'm out of luck.

New "revitalization" projects are being developed or are currently underway. Maybe I'll get some of what I'm looking for. I just hope it doesn't cost me what I already have.

-- Mark Summers, Arlington


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