Issues

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Gaithersburg is a city in transition, moving from our past as an agricultural center to suburban sprawl and now moving toward a more dense, urban “edge city.”  Our success at building a great place to live and work has caused us to have to  face issues with gridlock and school crowding. Fortunately, our city also has a history of fiscal strength – we are one of the few debt-free cities of our size anywhere in the country. The big question going forward is how to take this strength and build on our advantages to continue Gaithersburg as an even greater place to live, to work, to shop, and to become educated.

On these pages, and in posts to come on this site, I will discuss my thoughts on key issues for our city:

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Based on these priorities, we need to provide our planners and other city staff with guidance to ensure that, over the years to come, we build the kind of city we want to become as we go forward.