Takoma Park was founded by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert in Gilbert's first purchase of land was in spring when he bought acres 0. Grammar, which was known as Robert's Choice. Blair , Richard L. Beale , and the Riggs family. Dudley to build many of the homes in Takoma Park. Dudley's son Wentworth was the first child born in Takoma Park. Flower, in order to build a sanitarium on the land. Vance Lewis, George H. Bailey, Daniel Smith, and Frederick J.
Lung were elected to the town council. Susquehanna Avenue became Whittier Street. Tahoe Street was renamed Aspen Street.
Umatilla Street became Aspen Street. Vermilion Street became Cedar Street. Wabash Street was renamed Dahlia Street. Aspin became Elder Street. Magnolia Street became Eastern Avenue.
In the mid-to-late s, the future Mayor and civil rights activist Sam Abbott led a campaign to halt freeway construction and replace it with a Metrorail line to the site of the former train station, and worked with other neighborhood groups to halt plans for a wider system of freeways going into and out of DC.
For several years, Takoma Park lobbied the State of Maryland for legislation allowing county boundaries to be adjusted. The State finally agreed to this change, with the stipulation that cross-county municipalities would no longer be allowed; the new municipal boundary would forever remain within the county of its choosing.
In August , after passage of the law, the city held a public referendum asking registered voters living in three Prince George's County neighborhoods north of New Hampshire Avenue whether they wanted to be annexed to the city of Takoma Park. There was a majority of votes, out of , in favor of annexation to the city. The majority of votes in the referendum were in favor of unification of the entire city in Montgomery County. This process was encouraged by an M-NCPPC "phase back", effectively eliminating scattered-site multifamily housing and implementing single-use zoning citywide, which prompted calls by some residents  for the city to have its own planning authority.
The majority of the city's population remain tenants, many of whom live in a cluster of high-rise and mid-rise apartment buildings surrounding Sligo Creek , which cuts a deep valley through the community. According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 2.
Takoma Park has an extensive hardwood tree canopy which is protected by local ordinance. The corner of Eastern and Carroll Avenues roughly marks the center of the old commercial district. Other town centers include: Takoma Park's municipal center is located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Route Neighborhoods by ward[ edit ] Takoma Park has many small neighborhoods.
There are approximately fifty neighborhood listservs. Carroll   Also known "The Generals" streets: