ABOVE: light pollution from the Montgomery Auto Park on Briggs Chaney Road at night.
From cornfields swaying in the breeze to condominiums in sprawling parking lots, Briggs Chaney Road has a little bit of everything. Less than six miles long, this twisty two-lane highway has wiggled its way into the consciousness of every East County resident driving out of town. It's even been immortalized in song by two different local bands, Aberdien and The Spotlight.
Yet behind the legend lies the reality of communities faced with change and decay. The densely populated Briggs Chaney neighborhood, centered on Briggs Chaney Road and Route 29, has become a symbol of everything that's wrong with East County: crime, disinvestment, and nasty traffic.
This week, Just Up The Pike takes a look at Briggs Chaney - what it is and what it will become:
MONDAY: What is Briggs Chaney Road? This slideshow explores what comprises the Briggs Chaney area - what works and what doesn't.
TUESDAY: Rocked by tragedy, a Briggs Chaney apartment complex opened their arms to the community - and the community answered. JUTP looks at the East County Community Day and what it means for the future of East County.
WEDNESDAY: JUTP checks out the new, high-end developments popping up in some of East County's poorest neighborhoods. Are these projects really improving the community? We'll find out.
THURSDAY: A local punk legend is stabbed outside of his Briggs Chaney condo. How can your own neighbors turn against you? JUTP sifts through the facts.
FRIDAY: JUTP interviews Sean Ruppert, a local builder who took a chance on Briggs Chaney with some outlandish townhouses. While the market's biting, County policies might prevent him from returning to the area.