It may not be common knowledge to outsiders, but along with being required by law to own a second generation Prius with an Obama bumper sticker, all residents of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding downtown Silver Spring must clearly display yard signs supporting/opposing at least one local issue.
Based on my recent observations, it would appear that "Leave the Zone Alone" is the new NIMBY yard sign du jour.
If, unlike me, you don't happen to live in the Seven Oaks-Evanswood neighborhood, you probably wouldn't know what the hell this means. Even if you inspected the sign closely, you'd probably still have to Google "R-60". Rather than being an obscure droid from the original Star Wars films that George Lucas dredged up to sell more action figures, it's actually one-family residential zoning in Montgomery County.
Sure, the phrase rhymes, but what does it mean to the citizen who lives his life without joining the local listserv (God forbid). How is he to interpret this message? Are you upset the ESPN Zone closed? Is someone messing with the Langley Park AutoZone? At least be clever and upload a "Leave Britney Alone" parody video to YouTube. Or how about one with an enraged Hitler learning about the rezoning of the Chelsea school site? I'd link to that one in a heartbeat.
Personally, I find that this signage falls short of the standard set by No Train on Wayne. I may not agree with that particular position*, but at least with that sign everyone got the message: You don't want no damn train to be on Wayne. That and purple is a much friendlier color. The red and black color scheme of this new sign is just so angry.
(My memory may be hazy, but I swear I once saw a sign where someone had covered up the word "NO" so that the sign just read "Train on Wayne", which made me laugh. Or it didn't. What would have definitely made me snicker is if a pro-purple line group had produced a sign that read "Run a Train on Wayne". Of course, this would be slightly less amusing were your name Wayne.)
I guess it's still better than "Access for All". I suppose nothing really rhymes with bridge, though. Points for anyone who can come up with a good pro/anti-library bridge rhyme.
*After commuting from downtown Bethesda via East West Highway a couple times in the past few weeks, I have come to better appreciate the urgent need for the Purple Line.