A television camera was set up, and a reporter was conducting an interview about the plan, which would create a concrete canyon of high-rises along Westbard Avenue, and bring 3550 people and their cars to a 1.5 city block area. Protesters, who Friday had been forcibly evicted from the parking lot after Equity One called the police and threatened to tow their vehicles, formed a line starting on the public sidewalk along Westbard.
|Protesters line the sidewalk along|
Westbard Avenue despite
the cold, rain, and - yes- snow
(Photos above + top: Robert Dyer)
Protesters have asked the Montgomery County Council to delay their. vote on the plan. Given the success of this weekend's protests, one would think they have the political sense to start listening.
Councilmember George Leventhal, when not lecturing residents from a holier-than-thou position, took pains to emphasize how much he is listening to residents. But he clearly has not heard their actual position yet, which is 580 additional units, and height limits of 50'. Instead, Leventhal and a majority of his colleagues are talking over them, and proposing to bring 3555 new residents and 2618 new cars to a 1.5 block strip.
MyMCMedia posted two videos of protesters:
Here are some more photos by Robert Lipman, which again show diversity in age and race - and why the Council needs to start listening to its constituents: