Junction United: Building community, not just a development
Dear Kate, Kacy, Jarrett, Cindy, Talisha, Peter, and Terry,
We the undersigned love Takoma Park, as we know you do, and want the best for it. We are dismayed that the development process for the Takoma Junction has become so divisive. Therefore, we request that the Council take appropriate steps to meaningfully broaden community support before voting on a resolution on the site design. “Broad community support” is a collection of expressions by affected individuals and groups (including businesses) in support of the project, and there may be broad community support even if some individuals or groups object to the project.
Disagreements about local projects are inevitable, have happened before in Takoma Park, and will undoubtedly occur in the future. We also recognize that the Council-led process, including public participation, has already consumed disproportionate time and resources. The incentives to move forward expeditiously are strong, especially given that the Council has other priorities. However, the current degree of conflict around this project is incompatible with deeply held community values of inclusion, respectful engagement and trust. We recognize that community members themselves have an important role to play in maintaining these values, even as they seek to reconcile their respective interests.
Thank you all for your service and consideration of the above request.
Alan Strasser, Garland Ave
Karen Elrich, Roanoke Ave
Karin Anderson, Woodland Ave
Keith Kozloff, Sycamore Ave
Lea Chartok, Sligo Mill Rd
Nina Garfield, Woodland Ave
Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa, Conway Ave