Monday, August 24, 2009

what's up the pike: phantom traffic jam

Traffic On New Hampshire Avenue, Sunday Afternoon

- The Baltimore Sun interviews David Silverman, proprietor of the National Pinball Museum in Colesville. Silverman keeps some eight hundred machines in and around his house, but envisions creating a full museum complete with gift shop and restaurant. Silver Spring, Singular wants to see him move Downtown, but if we're going to play the Fantasy Museum game, I vouch for keeping this quirky attraction Up The Pike. People, including Downtown Silver Spring bloggers, need to have as many reasons to come here as possible.

- Does Kemp Mill's Jewish population protect it from urban decay? "I would posit that religious Jews are to 1950s suburbs what gays and artists are to intown neighborhoods: a group disproportionately attracted to neighborhoods that might otherwise be slums, writes Michael Lewyn, writer at the urban planning site Planetizen and an Orthodox Jew himself. He argues that places like Kemp Mill, which developed largely after World War II, are attractive to Jewish families because they're cheaper than areas like below-the-Beltway Silver Spring but closer to established synagogues (to which observant Jews must walk on Shabbat) than newer subdivisions on the suburban fringe.

- Perils for Pedestrians, the public-access TV show produced by Bethesda resident John Wetmore, has video of Governor O'Malley's endorsement of the Purple Line three weeks ago. In a press conference at the New Carrollton Metro station, O'Malley announced his preference for light rail along the proposed sixteen-mile transitway between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

- Sparks may fly at the next meeting about the proposed Third District police station on Milestone Drive, this one hosted by the North White Oak Civic Association. Assuming it's the same as the last meeting, representatives from the Police Department and Housing and Community Affairs will be there to speak with residents about plans to build a new station along with a mix of market-rate and affordable housing on the twelve-acre site near New Hampshire Avenue and Columbia Pike. New District 4 County Councilmember Nancy Navarro will also be there to meet constituents. The meeting's at 7:30pm next Wednesday, the 26th in the White Oak Library at New Hampshire and Heartfields Drive.

- Due to near-monsoon conditions on Ellsworth Drive last weekend, the Expression Live festival - originally set to bring music, spoken word and an open mike to Silver Plaza on Saturday - will be postponed until Saturday, September 5. Check out their website for the latest info.


WashingtonGardener said...

Speaking of museums - whatever happened to that Fire Safety one we were supposed to get above the new fire station? Was suposedto attarct tourists from all over the East Coast and serve school classes too. Wondering what that vast 2nd floor is being used for now? Is fire museum still in the works - just taking a long time or should we tax-paying citizens be asking for the space to be opened to community events & group use?

Cyndy said...

I wonder if the new trolley museum would be able to lease some of its space for the pinball museum? That might generate more traffic for both of them way out here in outer Silver Spring. But the Capri Theater in downtown Silver Spring is also a good idea.