By Carmen K. Sisson | Washington Post
That doesn’t surprise Mayor Cathey. His family was among the first to settle in the area after the city’s founding in 1949. He recalls that as a child his parents and neighbors would remind one another to “guard the gates.” From the beginning, they worried about the impact of commercialism and rampant residential development. The mantra kept them focused, and they enacted regulations that ensured the quality of life they wanted then and that residents treasure now.