- JUTP has a competitor: it's District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro, whose new blog The District 411 beat us to mentioning the City Paper's mention of a new restaurant in Sandy Spring called Urban Bar-B-Que. This will be the local chain's first branch in District 4, joining current locations in Rockville and Hillandale. No word yet on whether the Councilmember will do interviews of Montgomery County Councilmembers.
- Now that the ICC is inching towards completion, talk's gone from fighting the highway to what it'll be like driving it. Those who live near Georgia and Norbeck, where the ICC's first phase will belch traffic onto local roads before the remaining four phases open in 2012, literally fear for their lives. Leisure World residents are scared that "that backups will entangle ambulances between their retirement community and Montgomery General Hospital in Olney," writes Post reporter Katherine Shaver.
Update: the Maryland Transportation Authority released their toll estimates for the highway, saying it'll be up to 35cents/mile during rush hour and 30 cents/mile the rest of the time. That's about $6.58 to drive the 18.8-mile road from end to end.
- Someone needs to lighten up: a "local farmers' market" (we're guessing Kensington) refused to let Snoburbia sell their t-shirts satirizing life in affluent communities like Kensington, Bethesda or Potomac. Have they considered setting up a booth in the satire-tolerant Fenton Street Market?
- Tomorrow, the Urban Land Institute talks about how to revive the Wheaton CBD at 5pm, followed by a presentation at 7pm of plans to build a mixed-use complex atop the Safeway at Georgia and Reedie similar to the CityVista project in the District. Both of those meetings are at the Crossway Community Center at 3015 Upton Drive in Kensington.
- In case you missed it: swing by Greater Greater Washington for a (edited and condensed) re-cap of our series on a controversial affordable housing proposal in White Oak.