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 rachelgammell1@gmail.com.

(12) comments

sue1955

Dick; I'm not seeing additional comments. I honestly do not know why people are so curious in the first place (from the comments thus far).

sue1955

Three, I have no idea what you are inferring in your comments of 10:40 and 10:42. Seriously.

public-redux

I assumed threecents was referring to your supposition that “liberals out there that think that he is probably a racist”, especially since nothing in your comments preceding that remark were race-related in any way. I, too, wondered why you would suppose liberals would regard someone who used to live in Charlotte as racist.

sue1955

Public, he and I weren't in contact in those years. I think they just grew apart. She likely was not "into" a life as a pastor's wife. In recent years, I have not asked him about it (or brought up the subject) because I figured that it was none of my business.

Dwasserba

Pittsburgh has these varied neighborhoods. But it was always like that.

threecents

Frederick is probably too bumpy for scooters.

DickD

Charlotte is beautiful, but it has all the problems of a large city.

sue1955

You got that right, Dick. A former boyfriend lived in Charlotte for many years (now in Winter Haven, FL). He is a former pastor of 20 years, teacher in an inner city school in Charlotte, and finally a professor at a Christian college (also in Charlotte). In his years at an inner city high school, he was called vile names every day and had death threats against him. In those years, he was badly hurt trying to break up a fight between two students and had to go out on disability at that time. BTW; for any of you liberals out there that think that he is probably a racist, that's not the case. He is married for a second time to a black woman and thinks the world of everybody.


public-redux

Why did his first wife dump him?

threecents

Why would we think He is racist? And Pub, why do you think he dumped his first wife? You don't think that...

threecents

Sorry, visa versa.

DickD

Sue, you opened a Pandora's box. Look at the questions below and there could be more.

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