WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK: Former Gov. Glendening gets kudos from Purple Line boosters tomorrow; See the future of College Park's East Campus at meetings later this week; and wear your love (or hate) for "the Turf" on your sleeve at a "Turf Town Meeting" on said Turf this Saturday.
BUT FIRST: Occasional JUTP guest blogger Adam Pagnucco talks about the new MoCo budget on Maryland Politics Watch.
FINALLY: Anyone who's been watching the revitalization of Silver Spring might have noticed a boom in something other than construction cranes and Starbucks stores: Silver Spring-related blogs. According to the New York Times, gentrifying neighborhoods usually have a high number of bloggers. A year and a half ago, the only Silver Spring blogs were the Singular and the Scene, but today, there are now at least eight other blogs covering the greater Silver Spring area.
One of these new blogs is Thayer Avenue, named for the street in question. While we weren't on the blogroll (at the time of publication), we hope that Thayer Avenue will welcome East County into the fold because, after all, we gave them a Target, and we will take it away.
Another new addition is Silver Spring Town Center, a "community networking site" for residents and fans of Downtown Silver Spring. It's the brainchild of local activist Richard Jaeggi, whose daughter, Lisa, directed last summer's documentary Finding Our Turf. Think of SSTC as a Facebook for Silver Spring, if you will, except without the potential embarassment.
Do you think the Silver Spring blog community's made the changes easier to handle? Is the wall between The People and The People In Charge being broken down? And, most importantly - is it bringing people together?
Between JUTP and the SS Penguin, local readers can get a well-informed and constructively critical view on county goings-on. The Head-to-Head Tour was superb, and far more interesting than general news reporting on issues of MoCo government, development, and, of course, trans fats.
As Silver Spring is nationally regarded as a success story in urban redevelopment, I think it's at that juncture where things will either continue to be great or take a turn for the worse--"the worse" being the elitism and vanity of Bethesda, in my opinion.
And with our next-door neighbor DC thinking it's the center of the universe when very little actually gets done there, I'm glad I can turn to county blogs and newspapers to read about local change.
Thanks always for the fresh perspective,
How about Silver Spring Clog-- ?
"As Silver Spring is nationally regarded as a success story in urban redevelopment, I think it's at that juncture where things will either continue to be great or take a turn for the worse--"the worse" being the elitism and vanity of Bethesda, in my opinion."
Bethesda is a national and regional model for an ideal CBD. Bethesda has the best schools, most restaurants, most expensive office space and housing. That's why it is one if not the region's premier neighborhood. Everyone recognizes that Bethesda is overall nicer than Silver Spring. Most Silver Spring people would probably live there if they could afford to.
Bethesda is "nicer" by your definition of nice. And its schools certainly are the best--on paper, that is. As someone who was born and raised in Bethesda and lived there for over 22 years, my definition of a "nice" place to live is one that embraces community, diversity, and livability. Hence the appeal of Silver Spring.
Very few people who currently live in Bethesda lived there two decades ago, when it felt a lot more like today's Silver Spring. Many of us old timers miss the days when Uncle Jed's and Olsson's Books were thriving local businesses and neighborhood bars didn't have dress codes.
So, yes, Sanjay, you're right. Today's Bethesda is "the region's premier neighborhood." If you're into that kind of thing.
Where is the evidence of elitism or vanity in Silver Spring?
I am of the opinion that things could take a turn for the worse if we all start engaging in naval gazing and mired in futile arguments.
Keep your eyes on the big picture... remember what a s**t hole Silver Spring was for over 20 years... a whole generation.
It is shameful for the county and the residents to let SS get the way it was. That is something to be pissed off or concerned about.
Please don't take away my Target! Or the Babies R Us, for that matter. Never thought I'd be spending so much time (and money) there.
Whatever, we can just go to the Wheaton Target instead.
What do you mean by "we hope that Thayer Avenue will welcome East County into the fold because, after all, we gave them a Target, and we will take it away?"
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