Kentlands Day

I hope to see you at the third annual Kentlands Day celebration on May 7, 2011.  For more information, click here.  This is always a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is great about the Kentlands — the schools, the businesses, the commitment to service, and the strong sense of community.  Enjoy the parade, the live entertainment, and the delicious foods of the “Taste of Kentlands,” and help support good causes like the Kentlands Community Foundation and Lakelands Park Middle School — organizations that the City has been proud to work closely with and to support.

As a former resident (and continuing property owner) in Kentlands, I can attest to the special quality of life in this idyllic New Urbanist community, and I have worked hard as a City Councilmember to ensure that Kentlands thrives going forward. I participated in the 2007 charrette, and  soon after being sworn in, I pushed for more signage to advertise the many wonderful shops and restaurants.  I also fought for an extra $50,000 in last year’s budget to implement recommendations from the 2007 charrette, even though it was a very tight budget year.  My family and I are frequent patrons of the restaurants and stores in Kentlands (as well as events at the Arts Barn and Mansion, Oktoberfest, the 5K race, the Main Street Music Festival and more).  I was an early proponent of the Kentlands Downtown Partnership when I served as the City Council liaison to the Market Square Advisory Committee, and I have been in discussions with the KDP about exploring the creation of an official Arts & Entertainment District in Kentlands.  Additionally, I have strongly advocated for the “Kentlands alignment” of the future CCT route along Great Seneca Highway.

Kentlands is a special place — the award-winning flagship development showcasing New Urbanism for the nation — and Kentlands Day is a great way to celebrate it.  I hope to see many of you there, and I hope to have your support at the polls in November so I can continue my work on the Council supporting the current and future success of the Kentlands.


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