"The Turf . . . has become the venue for some of the best people-watching in the region, attracting a crowd with a better spread of ages and backgrounds than Dupont Circle, the Georgetown waterfront, Old Town Alexandria and Reston Town Center." - Marc FisherMarc Fisher writes a column on the eventual decline of "the Turf," our beloved Astroturf-lawn-turned-town-square. It's a shame that he's shrugging it off rather than issuing a call to arms to save the space.
William H. Whyte would be very disappointed. A champion of the city, he worked for decades to create and save great urban spaces such as the one we've created by accident here in Silver Spring. You would think that, after a decade's work trying to bring people Downtown, Montgomery County would actually give a moment's thought to keeping them there.
Instead, we get this piece of Modernist crap. The diversity of Silver Spring is only relevant - is only tangible - when there are places like "the Turf" for these different kinds of people to come together. This is what I've wanted from a community since I was old enough to remember.
Do you see anyone sitting on that broad plaza set on high over Ellsworth Drive? No. William H. Whyte would be disappointed.