The Planning Board says "no go" to Marilyn Praisner's moratorium. On Tuesday at 7:30, in the County Council Office Building on Maryland Avenue in Rockville, the County Council will hold a public hearing to decide whether or not to follow through with this legislation that would stop all major development in Montgomery County through August. IF, LIKE ME, YOU FIND THE SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF A NEW HOUSE INTOXICATING, you might want to stop by and put in your two cents. I'd go, but I'm three hours away.
Just Up The Pike is currently in scenic Charlottesville, Virginia, nestled in the mountains 125 miles down The Pike (or, as it's called here, Seminole Trail) from Silver Spring, to record a CD with the a cappella group I'm in. If I update again before Friday, you're in luck.
In the meantime, check out this Post story on the revitalization of Georgia Avenue, which is what Route 29 becomes in D.C. Formerly the spine of the city (and Silver Spring, of course), Georgia has become a shell of its former self, but in a few years, it will be returned to glory (if not in a super-gentrified state).
THOSE RACISTS IN POTOMAC - UPDATE: Speaking of gentrification - does anyone remember when Potomac was a black neighborhood? In Scotland, recently made famous by a racial tiff at Churchill High, they do. It's amazing how a place can change in a few decades.
(I heard from a Churchill alum that Principal Joan Benz, who blamed her school's problems on the "Black-on-Black violence," was just fired. It's only conjecture, though . . .)
COUNTY COUNCIL-EMU UPDATE: After a second call to his office, Ike Leggett's people still haven't made an appointment to meet with me, though I will be talking to four of seven contacted councilmembers.