The citizens of Takoma Park are known for their devotion to their city and to their small downtown strip of free-spirited businesses. Many shops have been around for decades, helping to furnish the town’s Victorians and bungalows with global treasures and vintage finds.
But a fresh breeze is rattling more than wind chimes around the area known as the Takoma Park Historic District, which straddles Maryland and a sliver of the Northwest Washington neighborhood called Takoma. The community known for its social activism and nuclear-free zone status is getting a flavor boost. A building boom is bringing new apartments and more retail and restaurants, as well as more customers.