Vance: Coordination or Consequences

Water naturally flows along a path of least impedance. Even a mighty river begins as a small trickle that builds volume fed by many tributaries. As gravity compels the water to move, a river’s bed is cut, its banks containing and determining its course—that is until they no longer can. To skirt obstacles or bottlenecks, the water seeps or spills over its banks to form new rivulets to follow until it can rejoin the main flow in a deeper, or wider, smooth flowing stream.

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A View From the Gap: Sharing the Way

Despite the growth in residential development across much of western Loudoun in the past two decades, vast swaths of the landscape retain their bucolic beauty of rolling farmland and verdant wooded mountainsides, laced with hundreds of miles of country roads. Through the efforts of staunch advocates for conservation and innovative thinking among old-line farm families and young rural entrepreneurs, the banal tide of sprawl has, at least momentarily, receded, replaced by a refreshing revival of a sharing communitarian spirit.

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Vance: Commitment, Unity, Community

The face of Loudoun has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. But within what is one of America’s most prosperous and fastest-growing counties, villages and towns with centuries-old histories remain. While the press of suburban growth challenges them, somehow they retain their “sense of place” generation after generation. However, it is not a given that this would be. Rather, it is commitment and unity of individuals that makes this a reality.

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