Recently, my husband and I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, on a quick weekend getaway. We’ve visited a number of different cities over the years, but we enjoyed walking through the different neighborhoods of Charlotte more than we expected. While Charlotte is a major city on the East Coast, it made me think about our own city of Frederick and the changes we might see in the coming years.
Seeing the neighborhoods of NoDa, South End and Uptown in Charlotte, each with its own style, feel and culture, gave me some excitement for developing areas of our own city. Whether it’s North of Fourth or “Noma,” Carroll Creek, Sagner, Wormans Mill or Baker Park, we have unique areas that deserve recognition. At the same time, visiting a much larger and more developed city also made me appreciate the closeness and small-town feel that Frederick has maintained.
For example, I don’t want to see unnecessary development that transforms Frederick into motorized scooter central. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just look them up or visit D.C. for a day. Actually, another News-Post columnist recently wrote about them. Frederick has many unique features that we should appreciate as they are, such as the historic churches, houses and battlefields.
A few years ago I wrote a column after returning from another weekend trip and I felt hopeful that Frederick would develop unique neighborhoods just like these bigger, cooler cities. At this point I think I have come to appreciate Frederick for what it is instead of hoping for it to be something it is not. My ideal Frederick might look different from others’, but we should all be making our voices heard as much as possible. Judging by the comments and emails I’ve received about my own vision of Frederick, I know that not everyone will agree with me on everything. That’s fine. We are all part of the city, and we should all be deeply involved and passionate about making our city the best we can.
Rachel Gammell lives in downtown Frederick. Reach her at email@example.com.