QUOTE OF THE DAY: "[Silver Spring] has an eerie resemblance to Clarksburg in the sense that the density of residential development has exceeded the infrastructure’s capacity for parking and recreation facilities unexpectedly. Not intentionally, but unexpectedly." - Dan MeijerBoth the Post and the Gazette must be waking up from a long sleep, because all they are capable of lately is stating the obvious. Today, the Post reminds us that Ike Leggett, who is black, is still not County Executive yet.
Meanwhile, the Gazette reports that the revitalization of Downtown Silver Spring is not over. (Obviously, they have not been reading Silver Spring Scene.) This is all much to the chagrin of ESSCA President Bob Colvin, who claims that most Silver Spring residents "want a moratorium on development."
But I'm not so sure Silver Springers want the nifty new restaurants and shops to stop coming so much as they'd like some decent public space. The Gazette hits the nail on the head with this one.
We already have The 'Turf', which might be one of the most-used public spaces in the Maryland suburbs. Why would we take this out for a windswept plaza and that ugly proposed Civic Building? Is this a suitable replacement to our Armory, which is long gone but not forgotten?
Silver Spring needs an influx of new development to keep us economically viable and regionally relevant. It's not a moratorium we need; it's a push for more and higher-quality public facilities. When will ESSCA start lobbying for their residents' other wishes?