Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thursday Night Notes

- It annoys me that the Silver Spring: Story of an American Suburb DVD is not available on Netflix. I want to watch it again, but I don't feel like paying $29.95 plus $8 shipping.

- Check out these post-operational, pre-condoization photos of the (former) Canada Dry bottling plant.

- Looks like the fountain in DTSS is about to make its return. Workmen were replacing the tiles this afternoon. It should be returned to normal, water and all, shortly. Let's hope the skateboarders don't destroy it this time.





7 comments:

groovything said...

The SS doc should be available at the library. But any good Silver Springer should just own a copy, right?

Sligo said...

I think I owe the library too much to go in there. They might break my fingers.

Anonymous said...

I always thought the skateboard thing was bogus. The fountain worked AFTER that was supposed to have happened. Great timing too, not like anyone wanted a fountain around during summertime.

thecourtyard said...

Was it really the skateboarders? Come on . . .

I really didn't like Story of an American Suburb. I'm not sure what it was - maybe I just wanted a shout-out to my apartment building, or a better explanation of the struggle over development in the community that people like Jerry McCoy, in all his infinite wisdom, would want to gloss over - but I don't think it did Silver Spring justice.

That being said, however, I have a tape of the original 2003 airing if you'd like it =P

WashingtonGardener said...

I found the closing of the fountain - just in time for warm weather and now still not open for the SS Jazz Fest this week - fishy as well. Is it a liability thing? Do they just not want little kids playing in it at all?
As to the skateboarder thing - one local skate kids said they proved it was definitely not from a skateboard and probably was something else heavier - my best guess was a delivery cart or construction equipment. BTW the tiles were chipped/cracked - but the fountain itself worked fine before and after that -- the closing of it was to repair the 'dangerous sharp tiles' not the fountain itself.
You know what I find ironic? That every fountain in downtown SS has slowly been lost - we used to have so many! The one at the metro - near the Marc entrance - has now long been a concrete plaza, the one behind the metro is now a giant planter, the one at Woodside Park is rarely on, the one cIty PLace is never on, etc. We used to pride ourselves on these and I think at one time here was a count and map of them. What happened?

Anonymous said...

Per everyones comments about the fountain, I wanted to clear this up once and for all....and skateboarders had nothing to do with the dammage.
The DSS fountain was closed last summer when cracks in the tiles were found. It was patched temporarily so the kids would not hurt themselves. This did not work and that is why the fountain was then closed. Throughout the fall/winter/spring experts were brought in to get the full extent of the damages. It was determined that the tiles were faulty. The tiles were removed and cracks in the cement were found. Instead of fixing the fountain temporarily for the summer, it was decided to move forward and take the necessary steps to repair the fountain so that this will not happen again. The tiles have been laid down and upon testing and approval the fountain will be open within the next few weeks.

Jerry A. McCoy said...

To courtyard/Dan,

Folks who attend my walking tours of historic "Main Street" Georgia Avenue hear all about the current struggle over development.