BUT FIRST: Could one of D.C.'s biggest developers (and a major client of the architecture firm I work at) be heading to jail for charges including bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud? (In other, unrelated news: do I still have a job?)
FINALLY: After five years of hotly contested proposals, construction has begun and advertising is underway for the new "Deer Park" subdivision off of Musgrove Road in Fairland, roughly two blocks from Just Up The Pike headquarters.
My neighbors have been whining that this project's going to destroy the "rural character" (pictured, circa 2004) of the area. Keep in mind, though, that I cannot see the stars at night because of the lights from both the Montgomery Auto Park and Darcars out on Cherry Hill. I also remember a Chinese couple complaining to the Planning Board that the developer was discriminating against them because an access road had been moved up the block so it was in front of their house instead of the house of a white family. Oh - and don't get me started on the community-drafted proposal insisting that the new homes cost "at least $600,000."
Can you play the race card while demanding that only better-off people should live in your neighborhood? Maybe there's more to Montgomery County's growing NIMBY community than all of this "developer funding" crap. Either way . . . there will be twelve fewer homes going up in West Virginia.