A growing theme during City Council meeting public comments is concern that the Council is placing corporate interests above community. The planned Takoma Junction development project is the catalyst for these comments. As a Council member who is now threatened by a recall petition, I feel it is prudent to review my role on this subject. I certainly feel I’ve been working for and in the best interests of the community for over 18 years, but the public concern that corporate interests are dominating our decisions leads me to reevaluate things.
Checking public records, I find that the Neighborhood Development Corporation, the chosen developer, is in fact a corporation. I, also, find that Takoma Park-Silver Spring Cooperative, Incorporated, a business that resides on the neighboring property, is a corporation.
Clearly, as we work through the details of this project I always have to be careful that neither of these corporations tries to take advantage of the City Council for their corporate interests rather than for the good of the community. I feel confident that I’ve followed that line so far, but I will continue to listen to others’ opinions.