Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Downtown Silver Spring is getting a new website:

The site is interactive and will allow visitors to click on a location in the downtown, be it business or restaurant, and learn more about it, Stith said. Additionally, if someone clicks on a business, or an entertainment venue like the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the visitor will be shown what restaurants are nearby, as well as what parking is available.
Note that as of the time of this posting, the site wasn't up yet. Doesn't downtown Silver Spring already have a two websites? ( &

- Parking rates in downtown Silver Spring are going up. Interestingly, most of the parking fees have not been raised since 1989. Compare that to Bethesda, where it seems like rates are always increasing and you have to pay basically 24/7. Supply and demand, I guess - with an emphasis on demand.

- The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is scheduled to get a new home in downtown Silver Spring, either at their current location at Georgia & Spring Street or at another location downtown.
The mixed-use development, called SilverPlace, would include market rate, workforce and affordable housing, an urban park and a consolidated Park and Planning headquarters if built at its current location at 8787 Georgia Ave. Currently, Park and Planning has employees in three locations: downtown Silver Spring, on Brunett Avenue and in overflow rental space on Spring Street.
For some reason, I always liked their current building. I guess they need the space, though. As a kid, I always was jealous that everyone there got to use a Mac, as you could see their computers through the windows. Ironically, now I have a Mac and I bet they use Windows machines...

- Doug Duncan's 2007 MoCo budget includes more money for Silver Spring improvement.

- Here's a brief article talking about the recent filming of Birth Day Live at Holy Cross Hospital. Welcome to Silver Spring, Riley Nicole!

- Montgomery Blair student wins a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Science Talent Search. (After all the tuition increases at UM in the last five years, that might get you a semester.)

- Man dies after being hit by car in Hillandale neighborhood.