For four years, Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring has been the place to see and be seen in East County. Anchored by "the Turf," the plastic lawn dubbed "the venue for some of the best people-watching in the region" by the Post's Marc Fisher, Ellsworth has played host to a diverse group of people. But as the street - and the busy chain stores along it - have grown increasingly popular, many are beginning to wonder if its success is actually a curse.
Over the past few weeks, Just Up The Pike has tackled the issues surrounding Ellsworth Drive: how it became the way is, how it functions now and what lessons it teaches us. Check out this four-part (and counting) series on Downtown's gathering place:
"how to walk without driving downtown": A complaint about Ellsworth's "mall-like characteristics" and how gathering places can be created on a more localized scale by redeveloping MoCo's strip malls.
"how to grow an old town in no time": The people on Ellsworth may be real, but as a city street, it's a little contrived. What does it take to create more vibrant, diverse places within Downtown Silver Spring?
"learning from new rochelle": Residents in New Rochelle, New York wondered if their newly-revitalized downtown would be stifled after riots overtook a new shopping complex there. What could Downtown Silver Spring learn about this incident - and its implications for Ellsworth?
"seriously, don't go back to rockville": Fears of crime and rowdy teens on Ellsworth are sending many area residents to Rockville or Bethesda to spend time in their downtowns. A lengthy rant on whether this is really worth it, and how else we could deal with the issue.