It’s the first realistic assessment of Montgomery County’s growth I’ve heard in a long time, and it comes from County Councilman George Leventhal in a Post story about the issue of new development and how it has hijacked this fall’s County elections:
"Saying that we're going to slow growth, I think it is in part a hollow promise . . . I am not going to say voters' concerns are not real, and I don't want to minimize voters' concerns and toss them aside," he said. "But I think it's important to look at the actual statistics. We're not growing as much as our neighbors."
That’s right. The County’s population increased by 5.2% between 2000 and 2005, while Loudoun County’s population increased at ten times that rate. So when you hear a group of well-organized NIMBYs cry that Montgomery is overdeveloped, tell them to shut up. We are not Calcutta, nor will we be any time soon.