It looks like Just Up The Pike has some friends in Takoma Park: the Silver Spring/Takoma Voice staff has named us (me? it?) a "blog we like," expressing surprise that I'd be so interested in the "somewhat dry topics" of development or politics.
Dry topics? No wonder my second-grade class was so bored when my teacher let me read them a book for my birthday and I read, cover to cover, an issue of Long and Foster's Extraordinary Properties. But, seriously, I think this stuff is pretty interesting. I'm sure others do, too. Everyone else just needs an inspiration.
My counterparts at the U of M, Rethink College Park, have revealed this stunning "Visionary Metro Proposal" which puts fantasy maps of the Green Line, Purple Line and Silver Line together to give people an idea of what Metro could look like in just a few years.
Between bickering over new lines and derailings and threats of fare hikes on existing lines, public faith in Metro has been shaken. The system desperately needs funding, and local governments have been reluctant to offer their support. While fantasy maps have usually been the fodder of rail buffs, maybe this one might "break into the mainstream," if you will. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks hearing "Next Stop: Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Friendship Airport" would be intoxicating.