Friday, April 24, 2009

what's up the pike: hurry up and wait

The abandoned Filbey Building at Columbia Pike and Industrial Parkway.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend. I look forward to spending all day tomorrow outside at Maryland Day, but in the meantime, here's a look at what's happening Up The Pike:

- Greater Greater pointed us to this segment on the Kojo Nnamdi show about retrofitting underused suburban strip malls and industrial parks. The guest is none other than Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus at U-Md. (and my reason for going there), who we met two years ago on "the Turf." I can't help but think of the Filbey Building, the abandoned office building on Columbia Pike that looks ripe for redevelopment.

- The InterCounty Connector moves closer to completion, with the first segment between Shady Grove and Georgia Avenue in Norbeck halfway finished. Someone might want to get writer Katherine Shaver a map, though, because she won't stop referring to Colesville Road when, in fact, she's talking about The Pike.

- In the Gazette: County Councilmember Marc Elrich sells his plan for countywide Bus Rapid Transit to the Western Montgomery County Advisory Board. If his entire proposal - which would criss-cross MoCo with ten lines - can't be built all at once, routes along Georgia Avenue to Olney and Columbia Pike to Burtonsville would be his highest priorities.

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