Thursday, November 1, 2007

when done right, english names can make your subdivision sound classy

WHAT'S UP THE PIKE: Vote delayed on Takoma Metro redevelopment; the ICC gets cozy with the environment; Chevy Chase to open new branch at National Labor College.

Anglophiles throughout East County are incensed by this misspelled street sign outside a new townhouse development.

At Just Up The Pike, there's nothing we love more than a good typo, especially one that makes it to a street sign. Hot on the heels of this sign outside a Noorwood Road development appears a new specimen adjacent to some new townhomes on University Boulevard in Franklin Knolls. The development, called Buckingham Terrace, attempts to conjure up images of Old Britain, a place we're sure many Silver Springers wax nostalgic for. Unfortunately, someone failed to check the proper spelling for new street Gloucester Knoll Drive.

Is this really news? Perhaps not. Come back tomorrow for our take on the new Burtonsville Economic Development survey.

1 comment:

mcknif said...

Prhaps the street was named after William Farnsworth Glouster.

Glouster was a farmer, who grew very little food crops. He concentrated on preserving the natural foilage , and devoted most if his land holdings to not only the preservation of local foilage, but also the natural wildlife.

He was found dead December 1793- stabbed and beaten to death. His body was buried elsewhere, as his property was plowed over by the locals and conveted to food crops.

Anyone familiar with American history will recall that the winter of 1793 was one of the coldest, preceded by one of the driest summers.

The crops had suffered, yet Glouster's natural foilage did not suffer.

The locals believed his farm land was blessed, and when he refuses to grow food crops, and to allow the locals to plant crops on his"blessed" land- the locals became agitated and killed him.