Thursday, November 30, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

I've been extremely lax about posting these last couple weeks, so if there's anyone still reading, here's a few Silver Spring tidbits:

- So Rockville doesn't want to name their library after Doug Duncan? Fine with me - we can wait and name the future Silver Spring library after him. If anyone deserves to be honored in Silver Spring, it's Duncan, who vowed to "fix Silver Spring or die trying", and helped bring Discovery, Birchmere, AFI, etc. to the downtown area. If Paul Sarbanes can get a transit hub named after him, a library is the least they can do for Duncan. Hey, so what if he "went out of his help fund the Rockville library"? It's not like the man who fired 11,359 air traffic controllers doesn't have an airport named after him.

If you haven't already read it, here's the Duncan lovefest from the Post.

Library side note: Looks like your tax dollars will be paying for lazy and/or cheap patrons of the new Silver Spring library after all. That is, provided it is ever built. See my earlier post on this subject.

Politician side note: look for Bob Ehrlich's cameo on The Wire this week on HBO.

- Another residential construction project is in the works for Silver Spring on Bonifant St., reports Silver Spring Scene. To make room, the two bungalows-turned-stores on that block would be demolished. It's difficult to see from street level, but the original roofs of the houses are visible on Google Maps. I feel bad for the tenants who might lose their lease, but tearing down this building wouldn't be a huge architectural loss for Silver Spring.

- References to the Old Dominion Brewpub, which has been "coming soon" forever, have been removed from the Downtown Silver Spring website. I don't know what the deal is with these guys, but they seem to take their sweet time opening up new locations. The Old Dominion in Mt. Vernon Square was supposed to open by summer 2005, but at least based on the lack of mention on the company's website, has yet to open.

- A new coffee shop and bakery, Tiramisu, has opened up on Eastern avenue in South Silver Spring. I haven't been there myself, but the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association gives it high marks.

- If you're a smoker who lives at The Blairs, better find a new place to live. The complex is banning smoking, and anyone who won't sign a non-smoking agreement will have to move once their lease expires. The article notes that the Blairs has abandoned its no pet policy. Perhaps this is because their own employees who lived on the premises apparently kept dogs...

- Still no further word on the mysterious car explosion in Four Corners. Why the cover up, MoCo??


Debbie Cook said...

Welcome Back Sligo, have been missing your great posts lately.

WashingtonGardener said...

I think the "no smoking" is very smart considering all the smoker-related apartment fires and fatalities in the area lately.

As to the "free" parking at county libraries - when are we going to get our bus/metro rides to/from libraries OR to jury duty reimbursed? What is up with that inequality!

thecourtyard said...

"but tearing down this building wouldn't be a huge architectural loss for Silver Spring."

Better be careful . . . you don't want Jerry "I never met a Sears house I didn't like" McCoy coming after you.

Anonymous said...

You bitches are owned. Doug Duncan is one of the best politicans in Maryland history. I think the next four years are going to show how ineffective Ike Leggett will be. Montgomery was able to advance, prosper, and grow under Duncan's thoughtful and progressive leadership. The continual redevelopment of Silver Spring is going to come to a hault under Ike's uninspired term. Mark my words: Ike will lose the next election.

Sligo said...

Um, perhaps you believed I was being sarcastic when I wasn't. I like Doug Duncan.

Nate said...

when are we going to get our bus/metro rides to/from libraries OR to jury duty reimbursed

Metro to Jury Duty? You *might* have a bit of a case there on principle, but if I drive to jury duty I don't get reimbursed for my mileage, so I don't see why you should be reimbursed for your Metro ticket. Metro/bus to the library? What POSSIBLE justification would there be for reimbursing such a thing, and what agency would have any mandate to do it?

Providing free parking facilities is not in any way the equivalent of providing free transportation. Once the libraries and courts start paying mileage and maintenance on the cars that use their free parking, THEN you'll have a leg to stand on.

PGCist said...

The Old Dominion Brewpub is actually coming to Hyattsville's University Town center.

Sligo said...

Well, it could have been coming to both at one time. With that restaurant's track record, I wouldn't count on it coming anywhere, however.

pgcist said...

I certainly hope the Ol' D comes to the PG Plaza [er, I mean, the Mall at Prince Georges (sp)] area. Decent retail and dining are a long time coming in Gorgeous Prince George's.

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