Thursday, October 23, 2008

what's up the pike: round and round again

The point of roundabouts is that they don't need so many signs to tell people how to drive, which forces them to actually think for themselves and drive more carefully. Or maybe our motorists are just that stupid, which is why my beloved roundabouts along Fairland Road have been vandalized with all of these signs. Oh, well.


- As always, I've got a new column in the Diamondback, which is definitely worth checking out.

- Is Maryland Politics Watch hosting a Town Hall Meeting with your District 18 state delegates? That's what Facebook says. Whether or not they're actually running the show, if you're in the Wheaton-Kensington area, come out to Holy Cross Hospital and air your concerns Tonight at 7pm.

- My brother doesn't read Thayer Avenue (he is nine, and cares little for blogs), but he's definitely planning on being a zombie for Halloween. Whether or not I'll take him down to Ellsworth Drive for the Zombie Walk is another question, because they won't have any trick-or-treat candy, and I figure he'll get bored.

- For anyone who says that East County isn't really a part of Silver Spring proper: check out these videos of Springbrook High's marching band in the 1969 and 1970 Silver Spring Christmas parades. Notice how vibrant Colesville Road looks at a time when Downtown was allegedly "in the pits," having been circumvented by large shopping centers like the one in White Oak - which is much, much closer to Springbrook and perhaps a larger part of their school community. But, of course, you can't have a parade in a strip mall, which shows how significant Downtown Silver Spring's always been as a gathering place.


Adam Pagnucco said...

Hah! I deserve that after exploiting Saqib Ali's Facebook page for weeks. MPW is merely publicizing the event. Charles Duffy, host of Political Pulse, will be the moderator.

Silver Spring: Then and Again said...

That downtowntown Silver Spring was "the pits" 3-4 decades ago continues to be one of our more enduring urban (suburban, exurban?) myths.

C. P. Zilliacus said...

Umm, by 1969, the White Oak
Shopping Center was pretty
well built-out, and looked
then like it does now.

The Sears store was the last
(large) addition there.

In my opinion, there are
other reasons for the decline
of Silver Spring, starting
with misguided planning
efforts at M-NCP&PC and by
the Montgomery County
Council (consider especially
the long-standing obsession
with mass transit).

The departure of major
private-sector employers
like Orkand Corporation,
(which moved to Tysons
Corner, Virginia) and
Computer Sciences Corporation
(which once had a large
building on Colesville Road
entirely to itself), has not
helped downtown Silver Spring.

Thomas Hardman said...

Wow. I haven't seen so many white people in, I dunno, 35 years or so. In a marching band yet. And actually stepping on the beats.

I remember back in the mid-1960s, Downtown Silver Spring was still a shopping destination. I don't think it started falling over the cliff until the late 1970s. By the mid-1980s, though, if I recall correctly, it was pretty much in deep spit.

Anonymous said...

heh! In this city here they have traffic circles with stop signs!...get the original intent of the traffic circles and start laughing about those signs :).
And because one is supposed to stop at a stop sign I did that and bang, a van crashed into my back...the car was totally wrecked just because that woman thought there wasn't a stop sign...I really blamed her for that but now if I re-think that the same could happen to me...but still, she was from that city and should have known it :). I fault apparently.

Too bad the police in germany does care for drivers not stopping at a stop sign ... bitches! Death to stop signs :)!!