Wednesday, December 16, 2009

what's up the pike: transpo and book reviews

Arts Alley

- On Friday at 1pm, County Executive Ike Leggett cuts the ribbon on Bottleworks Lane, the last segment of the South Silver Spring Pedestrian Linkages project (warning! PDF file.), which aims to break up the neighborhood's big blocks to improve circulation. Bottleworks Lane, which will also carry one-way auto traffic, is located between East-West Highway and Kennett Street adjacent to the Gramax Apartments.

Earlier phases of the Pedestrian Linkages project include Arts Alley (above), a former service lane behind the soon-to-be-former Mayorga Coffee Roasters. A presentation (warning! PDF file.) from way back in 2002 shows additional new streets in South Silver Spring that have yet to be funded.

- If you live on Easley Street, rejoice: Debbie at The Silver Bee reports that a house left half-built for over two years is finally nearing completion. The house was condemned by Montgomery County last summer before work resumed again.

- Washington Post literary critic Michael Dirda, dubbed the "sexiest man alive" by my high school English teacher, will be at the White Oak Library tonight to discuss his new book, Classics for Pleasure. You can see him at 7pm at the library, located on 11701 New Hampshire Avenue at Heartfields Drive. (Thanks to ComicsDC for the heads-up.)

- The Post's Dr. Gridlock talks about the Silver Spring Transit Center, where a year of moving dirt might give way to actual construction by this spring. You can check out renderings of the transpo hub, which will open in 2011, here.

- Laurel-area transit provider Connect-A-Ride may end its D bus route running between Old Town Laurel and the Burtonsville park-and-ride. Prince George's County wasn't able to put up the $100,000 needed to continue the service. Judging from Connect-A-Ride's website (or lack of one), they need all the money they can get.

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