BUT FIRST: Downtown Silver Spring booster Susan Hoffmann is the new "mayor" of Silver Spring, according to DCist. Unlike former "mayor" Norman Lane, Susan is not homeless, though I believe she lives in Rockville, where she served on the Rockville City Council. I'm not sure if that's better than homeless.
The super-snoots at Bethesda Magazine may claim The Birchmere, Gifford's - and hell, even Poolesville - for themselves, but there's one thing they can't take from Silver Spring: our very own Restaurant Week, less than two weeks away. From February 5th until the 11th, you'll be able to enjoy a three-course dinner at many local restaurants (including Red Rock Canyon Grill, also claimed by Bethesda) for only $22. If you're not a starving college student, that's a pretty good deal.
LAUREL MALL UPDATE, or SOMEWHERE, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN P.G.: Residents on the County line will soon get to see the future of Laurel Mall at a special presentation next Tuesday at the Laurel Municipal Center on Sandy Spring Road in Laurel. The redevelopment of the moribund mall - first brought to you by Just Up The Pike last month - will be managed by General Growth Properties (also involved in the redevelopment of Columbia Town Center).
If that's not enough Redeveloped-Route 1 glory, check out this plan for the revitalization of Beltsville and South Laurel, the result of a lengthy charrette held last October. Between this and everything going on in College Park, North Prince George's County could look wildly different in just a few years.
And then, it will be claimed by Bethesda Magazine as well.