Thursday, March 30, 2006

Like Virginia -- But Good

Silver Spring Forward, a Silver Spring citizen's group, is pushing a plan to convert the old J.C. Penny building on Colesville Road to a Maryland version of Alexandria's Birchmere Music Hall.

I think this is a fantastic idea. For one, this building has been closed seemingly forever and has created a "dead zone" along that side of the street. It is a unique-looking building and it would be nice to find a way to save it from the wrecking ball. Secondly, what self-respecting Marylander wants to travel all the way to Virginia for a concert? (Or any reason for that matter.) No offense to Virginians - it's a Maryland thing, you wouldn't understand.


Anonymous said...

It would truly rock to have a Birchmere-like venue here. Who knows, between Strathmore and a Birchmere-like place, North Korea on the Potomac might acutally be a decent place to live. Now, if we can just get rid of people who can't drive....

Nice blog, BTW, just found it today!

Sligo said...

I'm betting there's no McMansions in Pyongyang.

Anonymous said...

My only concern about the Birchmere coming to Silver Spring is that the County negotiate a fair deal with the owner of the proposed site, the Lee Development Group. Let's not have another "gift to developers"; we need a deal that will ensure the economic benefits are spread around to the whole business community in Silver Spring.

Richard Layman said...

Do suburban people go to cultural places? I know that you do, although there was a great piece somewhere, maybe the Wall Street Journal, about the difference in type of culture offered, mainstream vs. I don't want to call it cutting edge, but definitely more avant-garde (although I recognize that DC in particular is especially stodgy).

In any case, I wonder how Silver Theatre does?

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