I've been toying with the idea for a while now - a blog for East Montgomery County. Not that I don't already have a presence on the 'Net - a few of you might vaguely recall a project called "The New Urban Suburbanite" from a few years back, before blogs were big. Well, I was a bit younger then, perhaps with good intentions but a severe lack of will, largely due to nonexistent readership.
Time to change that. This is Just Up The Pike, your source for news and commentary in East Montgomery County. We may have address reading Silver Spring or Burtonsville, but we are not quite in either. We inhabit a land of rolling hills, roiling traffic backups on our beloved Columbia Pike, and a landscape of farms and office parks, cul-de-sacs and apartment blocks derived from a muddled planning legacy that goes back decades.
On the horizon: The ICC is coming. Two of the new interchanges on Route 29 are open, with a third well on its way. Over a dozen new housing developments are going up. Things are changing fast. It's time to make sense of it all, for better or for worse.