- Owners of 'niche' shops are getting priced out of Downtown Silver Spring, according to the Gazette. Starbucks always seems to get picked on in these articles, as if there is going to be six straight blocks of them:
‘‘As much as I love Starbucks, does anyone get excited about them?” he said. ‘‘When you’re walking down the street, do you say, ‘Oh, a Starbucks — I haven’t seen one of those in five minutes’?”Really though, if I had a business, I'd WANT a Starbucks next door. Like it or not, that will bring a lot of foot traffic to your area.
- Silver Spring Scene has photos of the new artwork at 8045 Newell. Here's an "Old School Silver Spring" style piece of art that also went up recently.
- There are discussions about a 'Rapid Bus' service down Georgia Ave/7th St. from Silver Spring to the National Archives:
As planned, the service would run between the Silver Spring Metrorail station or Eastern Avenue, NW, and the National Archives via Georgia Avenue and Seventh Street, NW. The existing Georgia Avenue/Seventh Street 70/71 Metrobus route transports 22,000 passengers daily between Silver Spring and Buzzards Point. Recent studies show passengers along this route would benefit from a service in addition to the regular route bus service. The service would feature distinctive, low-floor vehicles and provide faster service with fewer stops.Is the Silver Spring Metro Station on Eastern Avenue??
- Inexplicably, most of Sligo Creek Parkway is closed off, even though the street itself doesn't seem to be damaged. The trail wasn't as lucky, and this blogger laments the recent storm damage to the Sligo Creek Trail.