Its residents once referred to the city as the People’s Republic of Takoma Park — a nuclear-free zone that bans water bottles, has its own corn silo and hosts an annual folk festival. But with a recent, rare exception to its nuclear-free ordinance and an aging activist population, some wonder whether it is leaving the ’60s behind.
June 29, 2012 Signs of encroaching normalcy may spell the end of the old hippie ways in Takoma Park. Takoma Bistro, a new branch of the Bread & Chocolate bakery chain, just opened on Laurel Avenue; real estate agents say it wouldn’t have had a chance 10 years ago. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo