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?