OLD THINGS (AND OLD RESIDENTS): Silver Spring Scene was the first to bring us pictures of a redeveloped Falkland Chase apartments, and Silver Spring residents are buzzing about the possibilities. The Gazette, the Silver Spring Penguin and the Scene report a huge turnout at a meeting last week to discuss the project.
Developer Home Properties proposes replacing a portion of the New Deal-era complex at East-West Highway and 16th Street with a series of fifteen-story buildings reminiscent of the Edgemoor (pictured) in Bethesda. There would be over a thousand apartments and some retail space, including a Harris Teeter supermarket. The Historical Society says we shouldn't touch Falkland Chase because of its design and historical significance, but two-thirds of the complex will remain . . . for now. (Falkland picture from Silver Spring Scene.)
THE PURPLE LINE, ONCE AGAIN: Maryland says the Purple Line and other major transit projects will face another year of delays, meaning I won't be getting to work on time until 2014. "You get only one shot with the Federal Transit Administration," says Secretary of Transportation Michael Porcari, who wants to redo ridership estimates for the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and Baltimore's Red Line to make sure the federal government is willing to pay for it. The Silver Line in Virginia has been struggling to secure federal funding for a long time as well. (Thanks to Rethink College Park for the heads-up.)
SCHOOLCHILDREN, AND THEIR BELONGINGS: The main reason I missed the bus in middle school was because I couldn't get my locker closed, and ten years later, nothing's changed. Blake High principal Carole Goodman (remember me, Mrs. Goodman?) talks to the Post about middle-and-high schoolers' frustration with tiny lockers.
MY ENTIRE LINE OF QUESTIONS FOR MARILYN PRAISNER:
"What do you have against Neighbors for a Better Montgomery!?" - Marilyn PraisnerOur chat with the County Council President (and Calverton resident) gets off to a rocky start: read the full review on TUESDAY.
I'll see you then!