Stop it. Just stop it right now.
I think it's funny that people say they like places like Dupont Circle or Georgetown - both spectacular examples of good urbanity and good place-making - but, when Mr. Evil Developer shows up to the Park and Planning Commission with plans of bringing a mini-Dupont or a mini-Georgetown to our county, it's suddenly "overdevelopment" and the "end of our quality-of-life," forcing the developer to bastardize attempts at good design and producing - guess what? Another strip mall. Another development of McMansions. And yet people still complain.
Tell me: who's going to build the Purple Line? Bob Ehrlich? No. Ike Leggett? No. They're both in cahoots with the Columbia Country Club crowd. Personally, I'd rather my politicians be bought by Mr. Evil Developer, who could profit from the Purple Line, than by self-possessed Montgomery County residents, who don't really seem to care how their maids get to work in the morning.
Steve Silverman is what he is: a career politician who is pro-growth. I do not consider that to be a handicap. Ike Leggett will make promises of slow growth, but only at the expense of our County's economy and status, and that is if he can actually slow growth. Do you want to live in a place that is stagnant? There are thousands of dying small towns throughout the country that would kill to have what we have. Why would we give that away?
You'll say Silverman gets his contributions from developers: fine. So did Ike Leggett in '98. And, besides, the financing and construction of new homes is one of the largest sectors of the American economy. Developers will have a lot of influence. Why is that? Greed? No, stupid. Because you need a place to live, and Mr. Evil Developer puts a roof over your head.
Why do we have McMansions? Developer Greed? No, stupid. Your Greed. You put down the money for one, and now you're fighting tooth-and-nail to keep those property values from plummeting when another one's built down the street. You could buy a smaller house - say in Silver Spring, by the Metro - but that would cramp your style. And, besides, all those apartments nearby, what with their low-income residents, would make you feel wildly uncomfortable. Face it, Montgomery County, are you really being progressive - or are you just prejudiced?
Neighbors for a Better Montgomery says they want to stop our "population overcrowding" and the "uncivil human behavior it spawns" in their thirteen-page manifesto, Where Are The Brakes? Now, is that being progressive - or is that a fascist streak? You tell me. They're next to you, pushing the anti-Silverman campaign along.
If you're going to continue your war against Steve Silverman, the development community and the sprawl it creates, you'd better practice what you preach. I want to see boycotts of strip malls and picket lines outside of Ryan Homes developments. Otherwise - you need to go back to your Ford Excursion. It's probably still on the Beltway where you left it at an hour ago.