Monday, May 26, 2008

going to new orleans for a week

I'll be out of town for the next week, volunteering in the ongoing reconstruction efforts in New Orleans. However, Just Up The Pike won't be going anywhere, with posts over the next couple of days about some things I've seen in and around East County recently. In the meantime, however, a few parting notes:

- If you're interested in Burtonsville's revitalization - which made the Washington Post earlier this month and would like to take part in a study about how to redevelop the village center, you'll want to attend one of two meetings on Thursday at the East County Regional Services Center on Briggs Chaney Road. The first meeting, at 12 noon, is for local business owners, while a separate meeting at 7 p.m. will be held for residents.

- Maryland Politics Watch, home to former JUTP guest blogger Adam Pagnucco, will be running a five-part series this week on traffic in Montgomery County. They'll be looking at how the county determines just how bad congestion is at a given intersection - which influences everything from which roads get funded for reconstruction to whether new development is allowed in a certain area - and how the system can be improved.

- And, as always, I encourage you to visit the District 4 Wiki, founded by local activist Eileena York and former County Council candidate Thomas Hardman. Like Wikipedia, the District 4 site can be edited by anyone. York and Hardman hope that East County residents will use the wiki as a way to write about their community - and to communicate with others as well. District 4 Wiki will be holding its first outreach meeting on June 5 at the Long and Foster in Burtonsville.

Happy Memorial Day! I will be back on June 1.

1 comment:

Thomas Hardman said...

Thanks so much, Dan, I hope you'll have a great vacation!

Folks, if you're anywhere in County Council District 4, and you or your organization have an upcoming meeting, please stop by the District 4 Wiki and leave a notice on the "current events" page. It would be nice if you could make your entries perfectly all on your own, but if you cannot, I will come by later and edit it into shape.

For now, probably the most important and useful thing there is the Calendar. But if you go to the "recent changes" link, you can see I've been assembling the framework, doing entries on various watersheds, major roadways, assorted neighborhoods, etc. Give me a hand, and add your expertise on specific areas to the knowledge base.

But definitely come by and announce your meetings, for civic associations, special interest groups, boy/girl scouts, school booster clubs, etc.