"We need progressives with a capital ‘P’ — aggressive progressives, kick-ass progressives" - Takoma Park resident Scott Denman (on Jamie Raskin's win; read story)
"I used the word ‘slow’ purposely; not ‘managed’ or ‘smart.’ I said, ‘If you vote for me, this is what it means.’ And looking at [the results], voters seemed concerned about growth and development and voted that way . . . a strong progressive wing of the council has emerged." - County Executive-Elect Ike Leggett
Dictionary.com says that progressive means "making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc." I'm at a loss here: how is "slow growth" a) progress; b) enlightened; or c)experimental? This sounds more like a cop-out to the inescapable pressures of population and economic growth.
Does Montgomery County understand what they've voted for? The Gazette says they've "sent a message" about growth. Joel Hirschhorn, Chevy Chase resident and author of Sprawl Kills: How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health And Money, wrote in to say how proud he was of Montgomery County residents for rejecting a so-called "sprawl politics."
Well, I'll tell you this, Joel Hirschhorn: Montgomery County voters won't be getting any healthier driving around a community that is turning its back on the "smart growth" policies that have given us places like Downtown Silver Spring or Bethesda. So much for being progressive.