What IS Silver Spring? What is our identity? What are our common norms and values?
The Silver Spring Regional Center’s geographic boundary is very different from the ‘postal’ Silver Spring. We are concentrated in the area bounded by the County line to the east; the DC line to the south; (approximately) Rock Creek Park to the west; and, the Beltway to the north – but also including the Four Corners neighborhood. We are about 80,000 residents during the night (i.e.: people that call this area home) and 120,000 community members during the day (i.e.: people that work here.)
We come from all walks of life; have different expectation of ‘community’; and, bring an array of assets to our Silver Spring.
Yet, what IS Silver Spring? What is our identity? What are our common norms and values?
What seems to resonate most often is that we are a community that enjoys our multi-ethnicity and diversity; honor our traditions and heritage; live the arts; support entrepreneurship; and treasure our youth and elders.
How we bring these values to life; how we make them part of our every day community; how we muddle through constructive tensions and inevitable disagreements – how we do these things remains the challenge… But, it is a challenge that a critical mass of community members seem to be willing to take on…
As we take on these challenges, let’s not forget that what we are trying to do here in Silver Spring has really never worked before… So, let’s not expect it to be easy sailing… Where else is there a community where all are welcome – and all are at the table - regardless of background, ethnicity, or economic status?... Where else are all stakeholders in (general) agreement that the community’s multi ethnicity and diversity is THE community asset to cherish, grow, and ferment?
So, chime in: What IS Silver Spring? What is our identity? What are our common norms and values?