Apartment complexes in White Oak, seen from the new Whitehall Square development at Stewart Lane and Lockwood Drive.
It's a new week, and I'll be kicking it off in New York City, checking out grad schools. (Could Just Up The Pike be moving to the Big Apple? We'll have to wait for those big fat acceptance letters.) Here's a look at what's happening Up The Pike:
- East County has long been considered a dumping ground for affordable housing, with over ten percent of Montgomery County's subsidized units in the 20904 zip code alone. Last week, Adam Pagnucco at Maryland Politics Watch kicked off a five-part series on the county's MPDU (Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit) program, examining where affordable housing is located and why it's become that way.
As always, Adam backs up his argument, with solid data from the Housing Opportunities Commission and some unseemly comments from Bethesda residents who fought to have a county-owned house torn down rather than used for a low-income family. Check it out: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five
- Over the weekend, the Post wrote about Konterra Town Center, the centerpiece of the mini-city on the Montgomery/Prince George's line. Set to open in 2012, it'll be like "National Harbor . . . but bigger," with forty-five hundred new homes and six million square feet of office and retail space.
Not surprisingly, residents in Burtonsville - right next door - worry it will "destroy their community's rural landscape," with one complaining that the area "is not ever going to be the same again." I can't wait.
- A photo from Just Up The Pike was selected for inclusion in the Schmap Guide for Baltimore, an online travel site with reviews and information about local attractions. The image - of a light-rail train taken for last year's story comparing the MTA to the future Purple Line - will be used for a piece on Baltimore's public transportation.
It's the second time a JUTP photo appears in a major publication; last spring, a picture of Rockville Town Square appeared in a newsletter published by Rutgers' school of public policy.