I arrived just after a baby shower for their daughter Megan was wrapping up.
I've known Ed for quite a few years now. He's written 23 articles -- all of them excellent -- for the Planning Commissioners Journal. Just take a look at the list. Ed -- who's now a Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in D.C. -- is also one of the most dynamic speakers I've ever heard when it comes to talking about planning, development, and urban design issues. He can really connect with an audience, whether it's planners, realtors, or "plain" citizens.
I've visited before with Ed and Sherry, both at their home and when they've been up in Vermont. So it was great to have the chance to catch up, even if just for a couple of hours.
Before I left, Ed took me by a former Takoma Park gas station. He was involved with efforts to convert the gas station (threatened with demolition) into an eye-catching small neighborhood park. The mural on the back wall was done by Jim Colwell, with funding from a state arts grant. Ed told me that the mural is meant to reflect Takoma Park's strong musical heritage and racial diversity.