Green means go – away


APRIL 1, 2015: Green means go and some Takoma Park citizens will gladly leave.

On April 6, before the fiscal year 2016 budget presentation, city council will discuss a citizen-driven initiative to turn Takoma Park into a permanent green space, free of all human contact.

“We’re letting the land take back what it deserves,” said Flora N. Fauna, concerned citizen and global earth activist. “Our biggest priority is to preserve the land for future generations of life. It’s all about the little ones.”

In December 2014, residents began a grass roots campaign to preserve Takoma Park as a permanent green space. They tirelessly campaigned for every household, business and government agency to leave Takoma Park and allow animal and plant life to take over.

The essence

“In Takoma Park we are always talking about preserving green space and I had an epiphany that the only way to preserve green space once and for all is to leave Takoma Park behind,” said Harvey Van Den Voot, the leader of the green space campaign. “Takoma Park will become the very essence of green space.”

SOMEWHERE IN TAKOMA, April 1, 2013 • Takoma Park resident Alan Peel plays the Fool. Photo by Debbie Grossman

Harvey Van Den Voot and his followers at a recent rally.

Green space promoters have canvassed neighborhoods and gathered over 17,200 signatures from residents.

“We are tired of development plans that just take, take, take, without leaving any land behind,” said Sharon LaEnsalada, Takoma Park resident turned activist. “Together we understand that the best way to preserve is to leave behind and let the land breathe.”

The city council is expected to unanimously vote in favor of the permanent green space resolution, according to sources in the council.

“The council has briefly discussed the issue, but there is really no doubt as to what side we were on,” said Jade Viridescent, Takoma Park’s supreme leader. “Takoma Park has always been about preservation first. Now, we hope to soon leave this land a preserved place without any human pollution.”

Greenbelt, Ho!

In anticipation of the city council vote, many families have already packed up and left for Greenbelt.

Thom Smackinston, a local artisan, relocated his wife and their four children to Greenbelt over the weekend. “Greenbelt is the logical next step for Takoma Park residents and the green space movement,” Smachinston said. “If it is anything like it’s name indicates, we will soon triumph and turn Greenbelt into a green belt of permanent green space.”

Gilbert buys land - now what? The land Gilbert purchased in 1883 from the Gottlieb Grammer estate was a tangle of stunted pine, scrub oak and poison vines. According to later accounts, Gilbert ‘s heart sank upon returning to examine his newly acquired domain, realizing what he had taken on and the work that lay before him.

Takoma Park about 100 years ago. Will the clock be turned back?

Van Den Voot said he hopes to extend the green space campaign to cities across Maryland. “Our end goal is to return eastern Maryland to its prehistoric, flourishing marshland,” said Van Den Voot.

If the green space resolution passes, the city plans to set December 30, 2020 as the deadline for all Takoma Park inhabitants to relocate to surrounding areas and will officially close city borders on December 31, 2020.

About the Author

Naomi Eide
Naomi Eide is Washington state native who spent her college years and beyond wandering the East Coast. She received her undergraduate degree from Providence College in Rhode Island where she studied history and music. Following a year working in corporate America, Naomi left her full-time job for the University of Maryland where she is currently pursuing her Masters of Journalism.

1 Comment on "Green means go – away"

  1. Yah mon, what better way to set an example for a nuclear free world than a people free one, starting, of course, with Takoma Park

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