Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Express (heart) Silver Spring

The Express has a nice, long (for them, at least) article today on how great Silver Spring is.

I'm a tad confused about their geography, however...

Take a walk down Ellsworth Drive and find everything from Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican and Jamaican cuisine to chain joints such as Chipotle, Red Lobster, Macaroni Grill and Eggspectations.

Where is there Jamaican food on Ellsworth? I assume they are referring to Negril (on Thayer). And how much did Mica have to pay to get called "upscale" and "luxury"?? They also might be a little premature in announcing the future arrival of City Homes, whose construction appears to have been tabled, at least for the time being.

OK, I'm picky, but I follow these things far too closely. All in all, it's nice to see The Spring get some props.



18 comments:

thecourtyard said...

"Located just over the District's northeast border in Maryland, the vibrant and revitalized Silver Spring measures 61 square miles."

I knew we were big, but not that big. It makes me glad to read it, though . . .

FireJimBowden said...

Negril and Mica aren't the only things they muffed. A couple I noticed: the new Forest Glen pedestrian bridge does not "cross" Georgia Ave (not to mention that it doesn't really make anything more accessable), and Eggspectation is not pluralized.

But what should we expect from a publication whose entire editorial purpose is "to kill trees for the purpose of selling advertising because the real Post is struggling to keep up in the internet age?"

erik said...

I'd be happy to pass the complaints along to the Condo Guide editors (IIRC, that particular piece was written by a freelancer).

I actually ended up spending a good chunk of yesterday evening transmitting that section to the Post since their regular production manager was out sick, so believe me, I'd hate for it to turn out to be wrong after all that. :P

A. Forsteri said...

Perhaps the Jamaican joint on Ellsworth to which the article refers is Ceviche, which is Jamaican in name only.

As far as the apartments at 1200 East-West Hwy go, the planning board approved its record plat earlier this month, which gets the project one step closer to receiving its construction permit.

Anonymous said...

Isn't ceviche spanish?

Sligo said...

Ceviche, cebiche, or seviche is a dish of Peruvian origin - a kind of seafood salad. One theory suggests that it got its name from the Quechua "siwichi"; another theory suggests it is derived from the Arabic term "sibesh" (acidic aromatic food) and the participation of Moorish women that came to Peru during the viceroyalty, hence the popular name Tapadas LimeƱas.

Omari said...

Express is junk, period.

WashingtonGardener said...

Funniest thing about this story is the lead goes on about how SS is "unplanned" - then later on how about how great the "planned" downtown is and upcoming 'plans" -- YES, SS has no mayor or town council - but we do have a county govt. and are guided by a Master Plan overseen for MNCPPC - for whatever that's worth... It did not just all happen by some magical unseen forces - though that would make a much better story ;-).

Sligo said...

Lewis Black on Silver Spring:

"Its only claim to fame is that it's the largest unincorporated city in America. In other words, we were too lazy to govern ourselves. The town motto was, 'I'd like to vote, but I don't feel like driving.'"

Sean said...

Yeah, a lot of little errors. Second graf: Silver Spring is "seven miles northeast of D.C.", eh?

How about .0001 miles? As in, step across the border and you're in it. Though the writer much later explains that S.S. is located just across the border, it's very misleading.

Maybe she meant to say seven miles from the White House (which is approximately true).

ihateyuppies said...

What baffles me is why can't Silver Spring become an independent municipality? I know the wealthy taxpayers from other parts of Montgomery have subsidized the development of Silver Spring...in addition to police, fire, schools in the past.

Silver Spring's economy has grown stronger and the tax base is more affluent. Screw MontCo County...we should declare independence.

Sligo said...

Viva La Silver Spring!

If Silver Spring ever gets a mayoral office, I'm running.

A. Forsteri said...

Re: Ceviche

The Jamaican take on ceviche is called "escoveitch."

I stand corrected.

WashingtonGardener said...

IHATEYUPPIES, do you really wantto pay an extra layer of taxes (say double another $2,000 a year)? For what additional services? Ask neighborhing Takoma Park or Rockville residents if they like paying twice (cunty and town taxes) for duplicated services that often do not communicate with each other or overlap well - i.e. police, trash, library, etc.

I'd love to have an honorary town Mayor though - somebody who could do fun ribbon-cuttings, pose for photos, etc. Sligo - consider yourself nominated.

Sligo said...

I dunno, the last honorary mayor was a homeless guy with mental problems...

Debbie Cook said...

WashingtonGardener, You are soo right about Rockville. Had a disaster with a vacant house I had listed in the city of Rockville. It was a Sunday when I got a frantic call from an agent who had tried to show the house, she left a message that the roof had caved in the house was so full of water it was coming out the front door. I went out to the house and could see a river of water coming out underneath the front door!(it had not been raining outside) When I waded inside I saw that the ceiling had caved in from the upstairs. Water was pouring into the first floor from a broken water heater upstairs. So I called WSSC emergency. They said they could not help me - they could not turn the water off because ROCVILLE had it's OWN separate water company, and by the way, so sorry but they are CLOSED on Sundays (no mater what-EVEN in an Emergency!) I ended up calling the Rockville Fire Dept - before they arrived, some really cool neighbor risked his life to go inside this place and figured out how to turn the water off! Separate city utilities and services - What a nightmare!

Anonymous said...

The Express article is poorly written and researched. "There weren't any [condos] until about two years ago" I can count atleast 6-7 condos that have been in SS for decades with in a mile of the Metro. Plus, 61 sq mi, is almost an 8x8 mi area. You are in Bethesda, Wheaton, and Takoma Park before you drive 8 miles from Downtown SS. Now if you include every address in the unincorporated SS it may be 61 sq mi. The article was interchanging between the new "revitalized" downtown which is about 3 sq mi and the unicorporated parts which are miles away.

Sligo said...

Perhaps they meant so-called "luxury" condos...