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Opinion Montgomery can do more than spout platitudes on climate and walkability

Montgomery County has a Climate Action Plan that promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. But if anything, we seem to be going backward, says Karine Jegalian, a science writer in Garrett Park. For more than a decade, those of us who live near the former White Flint Mall watched as the Lerners, who own the property, drove out businesses then tore down the mall and left a 45-acre abandoned lot on busy Rockville Pike. Those who live nearby have not complained much about this drawn-out decline, but many of us have become furious.

County Council members and the county administrator sided with the billionaires. County administrator tells us our request for access to a path that had been open to us for decades is the same as “asking someone if we may create a pathway through their backyard and take on what comes with it’s liability for the Lerners. County could use its power of eminent domain to carve out a public path, but in proudly progressive Montgomery County, the property rights of billionaires supersede the rights of thousands of residents to walk safely, of children who need physical therapy to have access to parks and the larger community.