Q: What’s the best thing about living here?


Brena Holman: “There’s always an opportunity to try something new and meet new people.”


Joey Sherrock: “The people I guess. They all
have this youthful energy about them. I was talking to a woman at the
Co-op and she’s 60, but she says she feels as young as me.”


Elena Talbott: “I don’t live here any more, but I absolutely love Takoma Park. You can get to many places by walking. Growing up here, most everyone goes to the same schools — Takoma Elementary, Piney Branch, Takoma Middle School, so for most of your childhood you grow up with the same group of friends. As I get older, there’s the convenience of being close to the metro, to go downtown DC.”


Hana Marie: “One thing comes to mind: Freedom of speech. Freedom of speech comes when you learn what freedom is, when you’re living in a free country. You learn to speak and you know you know you won’t be punished for it.”


Ben Abor: “There are lots of reasons. The main one is the people. They’re nice, not like drug addicts or anything.  The second is the schools  — the best education. And third is everything is close in, it’s the center of things. You can get to places easily. I get around just fine.”


Wren Rogers: “The diversity of the community, and the 4th of July parade.”

Meimei Chang: “It’s family oriented.”

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About the Author

Julie Wiatt
Julie Wiatt moved to Takoma Park with husband “Coach G” Weinstein and son Zak during cicada season May 1987. They (Julie, G and Zak, not the cicadas) were part of a migratory pattern from an Adams Morgan group house. Before coming to this area she was a wanderer, taking photos in St Croix, working on a community newspaper in East Boston, tracking bats in Panama, studying biology and art in New York City. Julie loves the Voice, considering it a wonderful way to know and celebrate Takoma Park and Silver Spring.