The cons are too many speed bumps (they literally have the 5mph ones every 50 feet down entire roadways), the roads need paving, they have too many potholes that tear up my car, too many overgrown and unpruned trees (if the wind gets up over 30 mph, expect your power to go out for at least a few hours, at worst a few days), too many dead trees that fall during storms (more power outtages).
I live in Sligo Station. Some of the neighbors there are really nice and friendly but there are a few that are very mean and miserable. When I lived in the ghetto (for most of my life) I've never had anyone treat me so badly.
There aren't a whole lot of places to shop and eat. I usually have to drive out of the neighborhood to get what I need.
Its kind of like the old saying "Beauty is pain".
The honest answer is that it is a very diverse community. You really have it all in Takoma Park, from Old Town, to Piney Branch, to Langley Park. Takoma Park prides itself on being "nuclear free" and have been known as "Tree City".
The city limits are about 2.5 square miles, however the name "Takoma Park" goes into DC and different parts of Silver Spring. It borders NW DC, Silver Spring, and Hyattsville.
If you have any questions, feel free to call me 240.882.8512....I could tell you a wealth of information, not too long ago I was a police officer there in Takoma Park, and my real estate office is in Downtown Silver Spring.