Tuesday, March 24, 2009

what's up the pike: extra-long edition

There's a lot going on this week, and you probably don't want to piss away precious working/sitting around/eating/Sudoku time going from site to site. So here's a list of everything (almost everything) going on in East County this week:

- MetroExtra, the new not-quite-rapid bus service, adds a new route serving Silver Spring: the S9, an express service along 16th Street between the Silver Spring Metro and McPherson Square with ten-minute headways. It joins the 79, a MetroExtra route along Georgia Avenue, which started running last year.

- Four County Councilmembers endorsed School Board member Nancy Navarro's bid for the open District 4 Council seat. Councilmembers Valerie Ervin, Mike Knapp, George Leventhal and Nancy Floreen announced their support of Navarro, a Colesville resident, at a press conference yesterday in Rockville.

- Speaking of which: JUTP sat down with Nancy Navarro last week, along with fellow candidates Andrew Padula, Thomas Hardman, and Ben Kramer. You'll see posts about them in the coming days, but in the meantime, check out the four interviews we've already completed in the "district 4 head-to-head tour" box on the left side of the screen.

- The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club hosts Senator Ben Cardin during their monthly meeting this Wednesday at White Oak Middle School on New Hampshire Avenue. He'll be talking about the economic crisis, and what Congress plans to do about it. The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

- A mixed-use development planned in conjunction with the Silver Spring Transit Center is on hold indefinitely, reports the DCmud blog. While the transit center itself should be finished later this year, developer Foulger-Pratt - who also built Downtown Silver Spring - says they don't know when they'll build up the rest of the site or what they'll even put there, though a hotel, an office building and an apartment building have been discussed previously.


Zinzindor said...

So if there's no development at the grandly named Paul Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center, then the county and State are spending $100 million to create a location where the Metrorail, buses, and MARC train come together.

Of course, that's what exists there already.

Which means that we're paying $100 million for nothing.


Thomas Hardman said...

Well, you know the old saying, "let two roads cross, and there will grow a town".

Ooops, that's right, there's already a town there.

Maybe musicians can hang out there and entertain passersby and each other?

Nope, that requires a permit that MoCo refuses to issue.

$100 million for nothing?

Someone please tell me why my taxes are so high. I can't quite figure it out.