Friday, June 4, 2010

what's up the pike: busy weekend

Day Laborers in Langley Park
- Yesterday, the Planning Board approved the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan (PDF!), which proposes redeveloping older strip malls and apartment complexes around New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard, which will eventually be served by the Purple Line.

They also reviewed an early draft of the Wheaton CBD Sector Plan (PDF!), which proposes redeveloping downtown Wheaton with taller buildings and a new town square.

- Tomorrow at Fenton Street Market, Blair High School is collecting stories for a class project. Teachers and students from the school's Communication Arts Program will be there to listen and record stories from those who stop by between 9am and 12pm. As always, the market runs from 9am to 3pm at the corner of Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue.

- Meanwhile, local environmentalists and students at Northwood High will celebrate the opening of the Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail, connecting the school, located at University Boulevard and Arcola Avenue, to Northwest Branch Park. The trail sits on fifteen acres originally purchased by the State Highway Administration for a spur of Route 29. It became a de facto landfill before some 272 people, mostly students, began cleaning it up last fall. The celebration, which includes a 5k run, starts at 10am at the school. For more info, contact Jennifer Chambers at jennifer at hikingalong dot com.

- After that, IMPACT Silver Spring hosts The Spirit of Silver Spring, a "community-wide celebration celebrating Silver Spring’s unsung heroes." Perhaps "celebration" appears too many times in that sentence, but I'm aware there will be a dance party as well. It all starts at 2pm on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring.

Last, but not least:

- Two schoolgirls in Bethesda disappear, and it only takes two comments on the Washington Post story about it for someone to warn parents not to let their kids go to Wheaton or Silver Spring. Bethesda is "sometimes shady" as well, writes the enlightened commenter.

- After a long hiatus, Sprung on the Sprung returns with tips for not acting like a tourist.


Andrea said...

And I answered my own question:

bob said...

Thanks for the shout out Dan! Are you coming out for Spirit of Silver Spring? BTW, festivities kick-off at 4:30pm.