It's also interesting to note the other plank of Del Giudice's platform, which called for greater community participation in development matters.
Any strategy for revitalization of Takoma Park's business districts must begin with community involvement in the initial development of use, design and implementation plans. Cooperation among developers, citizens and public officials will encourage effective use of all private and public funds, and will ensure preservation of the residential and historic character of our town. We have not always proceeded with these clearly defined goals. Unfortunately, Old Town now faces the redevelopment of a large tract of property located within Takoma Park and the District of Columbia. Our community has been excluded from initial planning discussions with the developer and our neighbors in D.C. because the current mayor has again adopted a confrontational approach. We would be best served by working with developers and our neighbors in the planning stage. We must do a better job of obtaining and making good use of all available public funds. The state of Maryland has funding programs that can greatly assist with commercial development, infrastructure repair and historic preservation. We must work with state and county officials to obtain this money, which will allow for better fiscal planning and overall development.Unfortunately, this statement would still be relevant in a city election platform today with only minor alterations.