Wednesday, June 15, 2011

bicycling/urbanism advocate casey anderson appointed to planning board

I was glad to hear that friend of JUTP/bicycling advocate/civic activist/fan of urbanism Casey Anderson was appointed by the County Council to the Planning Board. (I tweeted that he got "elected" because the councilmembers do vote for Planning Board candidates.) A resident of Woodside, Casey knows firsthand the benefits of living in an "urban" place, because his neighborhood, like much of Silver Spring below the Beltway, was built under the assumption that people would need to walk places. As the county starts going back to that pattern, we need people like Casey Anderson to explain why that's not the end of the world. Or, as he was quoted in the Gazette:

When a council member asked if he is an "urbanist," Anderson replied: "Urban is a five-letter, not a four-letter, word."

A Porch In Silver Spring
"Woodside" may be urban, but it's not a four-letter word, either.

Sounds right to me. Good luck, Casey! I'm looking forward to the next four years.

1 comment:

Casey A said...

Thanks, Dan! I think what MoCo needs is more people like Dan Reed, and I hope you will be back for the long haul when you finish graduate school.