There's been more hand wringing and gnashing of teeth on Takoma Park listservs about the perceived lack of services with the eventual and appropriate move of Washington Adventist Hospital. In sum, people think that it is a tragedy that they will no longer have a hospital in their backyard. I, of course, am more concerned about the ability of the city to redevelop the site in a productive manner. So, to kill two birds as it were, I propose that the city, residents, and health care corporation work together to locate the mandated 24/7 urgent care facility in the shopping center with our soon-to-open transit center, as seen below. It's a great location - centrally located, convenient to public transit, with ample parking. There are even three empty, if not abandoned and condemned, properties on the site, one of which already had a red cross with the numbers "24" on it. Somebody has even helpfully spray painted the address (7980 New Hampshire Avenue) in case anyone needs help finding it!
I'm serious. Kind of. The proposed area certainly needs the help, as the photo demonstrates. Moving the urgent care center and eventually the psychiatric facility from the current location would allow that site to be comprehensively redeveloped in a systematic manner. As I've said, I think that it would be a great location for the headquarters on a government agency. Of course, neighborhood residents would scream bloody murder at the influx of workers (to an urban area, no less!), so it will probably never happen.