It was a sunny, crisp fall day and I had spent most of it doing some household tasks and beginning Christmas preparations. The outdoors was calling me, and it seemed like a good time to explore more of my neighborhood beyond the commercial district I walk or bus through often.
Takoma Park apparently is most known for its bungalow-style homes. Interestingly, many owners seem to prefer bright colors, as there are quite a few painted bright blue or with bright purple and bright green trim.
Walking down some side streets, though, I discovered a wide variety of homes, including plain brick Colonial style and even a couple of Victorians with tall turrets atop.
Lots of people were out raking leaves in their yards, but I also saw many trees still in full green foliage with leaves yet to drop, and even some roses in full bloom.
Takoma Park is the home of political and environmental signage.
I remember coming to the Washington Theological Union a few years ago for meetings and there were plenty of “Impeach Bush” and “Bring Our Troops Home” signs.
Today they are replaced by some pink signs that read: “Peace, Love, Marriage for all our neighbors” in obvious support of gay marriage.
Then there was one home with a sign in a front yard garden that proudly proclaimed it a certified wildlife habitat. One park had a sign posted that explained rainscapes, natural ecosystems that capture and filter rain water. Another park had a bulletin board announcing a community meeting to promote in Maryland a 5-cent fee for the use of plastic bags in any businesses (grocery store, convenience stores, drug stores, etc.)