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Takoma Park what is now Takoma Park MD and Takoma D.C. began as a late 19th century railroad-stop, in the Victorian suburb known only as Takoma Park. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, it is a planned commuter suburb located along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic B&O Railroad northeast of Washington, D.C.
History Takoma Park was one of first railroad-accessible suburbs in the D.C. area. At 350 feet in elevation, this new suburb was high enough to avoid the malaria and mosquitoes that plagued the nation’s capital. Until 1997, the City straddled two counties with the eastern portion of Takoma Park located in Prince George’s County and the western portion in Montgomery County.
Preserving Historic Takoma Park among the first suburbs of Washington D.C., Takoma Park is the largest historic district in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Historic District was established in 1992, with Takoma Park its largest district in the County; it includes several residential and commercial neighborhoods such as Takoma Old Town and Takoma Junction. Takoma DC is also an historic district, making the area one of the only multi-jurisdictional historic districts in the region.
Residential and Commercial property owners in the Montgomery County Takoma Park Historic District require a Historic Area Work Permit prior to undertaking any proposed changes to the exterior of a structure or to the environmental setting of their site.
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The National Register of Historic Places District for Takoma Park was designated in 1976 in Maryland and in the District of Columbia in 1983. Much of the original residential development was included in this district, which embodies a rich variety of American architectural late 19th to early 20th century styles.
Stream Valley Parks along Sligo Creek and Long Branch Creek cross the city and, along with other city parks, provide bike trails and play areas for the community.
Diversity Takoma Park is a community of many different cultures and interests. There is no one racial or ethnic category that represents a majority of the population. Over a quarter of the population was born in another country, mostly from Latin America and Africa. Residents can walk, bike, or take a short Metro or bus ride to many popular destinations.
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Neighborhoods Takoma Park is largely residential, with a mix of single family homes and small and large apartment buildings. Homes range from historic bungalows and Victorians to modest colonials and ramblers. The largest commercial district is Takoma-Langley Crossroads, centered at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue. The Old Takoma business area is a neighborhood commercial district near the Takoma Metro station.
Education the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College (a community college) and the campus of Washington Adventist University are in Takoma Park. Besides the excellent Montgomery County public schools, Takoma Park is served by several private parochial schools.