Relax, there is no conspiracy to keep Sam Abbott’s name off Takoma Park’s community center, though it has been conspicuously absent since the renovated building was opened in 2005.
Abbott’s constituency: his old political allies and friends, longtime residents, and other Keepers of the Flame, suspect that some of the current council and newer, more affluent residents would just as soon airbrush our late, lefty mayor out of the picture. What was up, they wondered, first as the renovated building sat conspicuously unsigned for over two years, then as small signs were posted curbside reading merely “Community Center” or “City of Takoma Park?”
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According to the city staff a sign with the FULL NAME will be up on the main entrance as soon as July 3. That’s the target date, anyway. City administrator Suzanne Ludlow says she has her fingers crossed. The sign will be 19 feet long and three feet high. That’s just about enough room to fit the official name that only a committee would love, “Takoma Park Community Center Sam Abbott Citizen’s Center.”
There will be signs at other entrances as well, each containing the full name.
The name signs are only a few of a large batch of signs being made to order, which is one reason it has taken so long. ALL of the community center’s interior signs are being fabricated at the same time. Before they were made, the placement, size, wording, and style for all those other signs had to be worked out first.
The small signs with the center’s truncated name recently installed outside the building are part of the city’s “Gateway” signage project, and are unrelated to the building signage.