Monday, September 14, 2009

what's up the pike: monday monday

Nothing Says Bethesda Like This
- Bethesda Magazine is holding a "Best of Bethesda" survey, asking readers to pick their favorite things in Bethesda, for these purposes defined as "all of Montgomery County." There are several categories for "favorite neighborhood," including "Favorite Neighborhood in Bethesda" and "Favorite Neighborhood in Potomac." We're asking that you enter "Silver Spring" for all of them, in the hopes that prospective homebuyers will consider us just a really big annex to Bethesda and the dramatic rise in property values will singlehandedly bring us out of the recession. For "Favorite Neighborhood in Silver Spring," just give an honest answer. This is a serious poll, after all.

- This Thursday, the Planning Board reviews a preliminary plan to build thirteen single-family homes at University Boulevard and Hobson Street in Kensington. The proposal (warning! PDF file.) would extend or connect two streets, Decatur Avenue and Moore Lane, helping to tie the neighborhood together.

- From the listservs: If last weekend's Fenton Street Market wasn't enough for you, there'll be another flea market this Saturday in the parking lot of the Takoma Theatre just across the District line. The organizer's looking for vendors to sell their wares at the event, which will run from 8:30am to 4pm. For more info, call (301) 589-1170.

- And, of course, Fenton Street Market returns to the lot at Fenton and Silver Spring Avenue October 3. Can't wait!

- The oft-discussed but slow-moving revitalization of Wheaton takes center stage next week with a series of meetings. On Monday, Park and Planning holds an open house to discuss the Wheaton CBD Sector Plan, which lays out the next two decades of development in the business district. That's at 7pm in the Charles Gilchrist Cultural Center, 11319 Elkin Street.

- And on Thursday 9/24, the Urban Land Institute talks about how to revive the 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.

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