"Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing! There is evidence that neighborhood associations in several areas of the county have been co-opted by development interests. Understand that neighbors of yours who have jobs in development related fields have a vested interest in controlling your association." - Where Are The Brakes?, p.10
The Neighbors for a Better Montgomery has published their list of endorsements for the Democratic primary in September. Each candidate is endorsed based on how much developer contributions they are willing to take, and that alone. I doubt they care if the candidate can read so long as they don't take checks from Evil Developers. Just look at their main goal for Montgomery County:
"Our first goal therefore should be to stabilize [population] at existing or nearby levels as soon as we reasonably can . . . Redevelopment [in Montgomery County] will continue, so long as any increase in jobs or dwelling units in one project or area of the county is balanced by an offsetting decrease elsewhere." - Where Are The Brakes?, p. 6
What they're saying is that if you've got some land out in Clarksburg and you want to put up a few hundred houses, they're cool with it - but a high-rise in Downtown Bethesda has to be imploded first. Or let's say you run a dentist's office and you want to hire a new assistant. NBM wants that to happen, but they're going to run one of those pupuseria trucks in Langley Park across the County line first. I may be a tax-and-spend liberal, but I think that's too much government intervention for my tastes.
Maybe calling them fascists is going too far. But as an aspiring architect and urban planner, I find their propaganda to be destructive. Whether or not the self-possessed NIMBYs of Montgomery County understand, this remains one of the best places to live in the country. That is the result of decades of sensible planning that, even today, remains light-years ahead of other communities. That we would have the gall to propose this kind of solution to the problems that come with growth suggests that people truly are desperate to protect little more than their property values.