Wednesday, July 14, 2010

what's up the pike: it's about time.

New Bus Stop, Fenton & Ellsworth
- The Post profiles William Smith, a legally blind East Silver Spring resident who writes about pedestrian issues on his blog, Montgomery Sideways. Last month, he mentioned the new bus stop on Fenton Street that no one could actually enter - and last week, the MoCo Department of Transportation finally replaced it. Did it only take a month for transportation engineers to realize how badly they'd screwed up?

- In celebration of the return of Chompy to their headquarters, the Discovery Channel's joining forces with the Express Night Out to hold a photo contest. Take photos of the inflatable shark, give it a funny caption and send it to @Discovery or Shark_Week at discovery dot com between now and July 26. Finalists will be announced on July 30 and a winning photo printed in the Express on August 6.

- I was initially impressed by the somewhat-trendy decor, sleek website and friendly owner of the newly-opened Siu's Asian Bistro on Tech Road. I tried the Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant yesterday and was terrifically underwhelmed by the food. I'll have to try again in a few weeks when they get their act together, but in the meantime it's back to Rockville for Chinese food. (Miss you, Michael's Noodles and Sichuan Pavilion.)

- If you haven't already heard, fifteen people were arrested after a man was assaulted in downtown Silver Spring Monday night, but don't go making stupid generalizations about it.

Last, but not least:

- Check out these lovely photos of the new Civic Building, though I'm not sure who took them.

- Greater Greater Washington has its monthly happy hour tonight at Biergarten Haus, located at 13th & H streets NE. If you haven't been to H Street in the past few years, you're in for a big surprise. (A hint: it involves hipsters.) The GGW happy hour moves around the region each month - if you're not willing to travel far for alcohol and idle chatter with transit nerds, I'm trying to get them to have the next one in the Hyattsville area.

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