Wednesday, July 22, 2009

what's up the pike: all over the place

The shuttered Expo Design Center store in Columbia.

If you're interested in what happens Further Up The Pike, you should check out the Columbia Blog Project, started as a class project by a then-senior at Towson. I'm not sure if he's still keeping it up, but I liked his posts about secret tunnels, bat caves, and skater politics in the Howard County new town. Think there's nothing to Columbia but the Mall? This blog will definitely change your mind.

On Saturday, learn about ways to hold onto your house at a Housing Crisis Forum, hosted by Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Theta Omega Omega chapter. Hosted by Councilmember Valerie Ervin, representatives from the state and county Department of Housing and Community Affiairs, the Housing Initiative Partnership, and the Association of African American Financial Advisors. The event's from 10am to 2pm at Blair High School on University Boulevard East in Four Corners.

Sorry Prince, but I don't see our new Justice Sonia Sotomayor living in Petworth, and I've had family there for over thirty years. I don't care if you grew up in the Bronx - you don't work your way up to the Supreme Court and move to a place without a Whole Foods within walking distance. 

The City Paper's Housing Complex blog looks at a "co-op" or intentional community in Takoma Park. While the notion of twenty people living in a house might feel a little too crunchy, I'd happily live in a place with a dinner menu that looks like this:
"glazed salmon; veggie potpie with chard, collared greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, onion, and a pizza dough crust; an attempt at an egg souffle with mushrooms and onions; and a seasoned risotto boiled in an onion stock."
[Thanks to GGW for the heads-up.]

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