Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Independence Day News N' Notes



Happy Independence Day! Unfortunately Silver Spring does not host a formal celebration, so the Takoma Park fireworks show may have to suffice.

Around town:

- Who wants a Quik-E-Mart? I dooooooo...



I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm jealous of P.G. County. For some - inexplicable reason, a marketing genius from 7-11 chose Bladensburg of all places in the D.C. metro area as a place to convert a store into a Quik-E-Mart. They probably just looked at a map and said "hey, it's between Baltimore and D.C., let's put it there". Four Corners would have been a much better choice, IMO. Look at all the traffic that comes down 29 every morning. All I know is if that Comic Book Guy on the front wall isn't firmly attached , it's coming with me.

- Councilwoman Valerie Ervin is trying to get the recently-increased paid parking hours rolled back to what they used to be.

- Lewis Black was hilarious on Friday. Did anyone reading this go to the show at Springbrook?

- Like, I am TOTALLY going to see The Terminator at the AFI. The theatre's "Films of the 80's" retrospective begins Friday.

- The "no photos in DTSS" story made it to Boing Boing and the Post. Again. I am hoping that tomorrow's "Photo Walk" will be the end of it. I sympathize with the people who are all heated about this, but there are more important things to protest against.

If you do want to participate in the protest, it meets up at noon on the "Turf". I may check it out, but only because I may be nearby for the 12:30 show of Transformers...

- The “Living Goddess” whom I mentioned in an earlier post may have been permitted to take photos in DTSS, but was stripped of her divinity for visiting Silver Spring. (Among other places.)



16 comments:

Thayer Avenue said...

Having lived up on Dennis Avenue for years, I have to throw out some props to the Wheaton Sparkles fireworks show. I haven't seek Takoma Park', but I know Wheaton is top-notch.

And I just ducked out of work for the 12:40 Transformers at the Regal in Rockville. Good stuff. Iffy story line, kitchy dialogue, but great entertainment and spectacular effects. And, of course, left wide open for more movies to come.

WashingtonGardener said...

>> I sympathize with the people who are all heated about this, but there are more important things to protest against.<<

Are you seriously saying that your first amendment rights are not worth defending? Or that the selling off of publicy owned property to private developers piece by piece does not stick in your craw? I'm pretty surprised that you have not embraced this cause as your own.

Sligo said...

Let me clarify: what I mean is that since the developer has conceded to allow photography, I feel like at this point the protest is like beating a dead horse. I don't even know if any staff outside the security guards (who don't make the rules) will even be there to witness the protest, it being a holiday.

I think this story has grown a bit out of hand, as I keep running across it in miscellaneous outlets that tend to represent it as somehow being another example of draconian anti-terrorism security measures - which it isn't. It's just a stupid, poorly thought out policy on the part of the management company that they rescinded once it (justifiably) generated bad publicity.

Just check the photos on Flickr tagged "silverspring" and you can see that most people are (and have been) taking photos without problem. In one case the security guard chose to enforce the ban on the wrong person and I've been hearing about it non-stop ever since, with articles from multiple sources being posted repeatedly on every blog and message board dealing with Silver Spring.

I of course believed the policy was BS, which is why I was the first blog or "news outlet" (term used lightly) to report it. I just think that citizen outrage can be re-directed at other issues now that Peterson has realized the error of their ways.

Sligo said...

Also, I would like some legal clarification on who does or doesn't "own" Ellsworth St. That question is something good that came out of this whole thing... I'd like to see that issue resolved.

Tom Collins said...

Good question... who owns the street? I'm curious... if MoCo owns the street, can Peterson then close it any Friday-Sunday that it wants? Or does it then have to remain open as it is a public right of way?

chippy said...

Montgomery County owns the street and leases it to Peterson for $1 a year.

And I can also clarify that the issue is about public rights in a public place built with public money.

Not a dead horse but one that has gotten up and galloped.

See what Marc Fisher said on pg B 3 of todays Post. This is an important issue.

Chip Py

Sligo said...

OK, but what is it that you expect to achieve with the protest? Do you want specific legislation passed that prohibits the leaseholders of similar spaces from restricting photography? This is what I am unclear about.

If it is just about citizens' right to photograph public buildings, wouldn't it be more relevant for the protest to be held somewhere that photography is still (unfairly) prohibited such as certain areas in downtown DC? It seems to me that as far as Silver Spring goes, it is a moot point since they have taken away the restriction. (I realize that they said they have the right to reinstate this rule, but I don't think that they would ever do so based on the negative publicity they have already received.) This is not GWB - the Peterson Companies seem to actually give a shit about the perception of the general public.

Anonymous said...

Everyone's First Amendment rights have been defended. Peterson caved on its bad decision. I'd like to see just as much uproar about the crime, littering, gang presence and graffiti that is marring progress in downtown Silver Spring. There is just a ton of recent tagging on various signs around the urban core, in case you have not noticed.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to Rome lately and seen the irreparable harm graffiti does to a majestic city? Unbelievable. Wish we could take all the excitement about photography in DTSS and channel it into crushing the graffiti criminals.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of graffiti, the protesters today made plenty of their own and the poor janitor had to go out and clean it up.

I don't care if it is only chalk - it isn't necessary to deface public areas to get your point across.

Anonymous said...

WashingtonGardener said...

>> I sympathize with the people who are all heated about this, but there are more important things to protest against.<<

Are you seriously saying that your first amendment rights are not worth defending? Or that the selling off of publicy owned property to private developers piece by piece does not stick in your craw? I'm pretty surprised that you have not embraced this cause as your own.

Re: And what are you doing about the same issue that is going on in parts of DC and Arlington....

I guess as long as it is about preventing Developers from building Upscale Development in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and PG County thats all that matters.

Anonymous said...

chippy said...

Montgomery County owns the street and leases it to Peterson for $1 a year.

And I can also clarify that the issue is about public rights in a public place built with public money.

Not a dead horse but one that has gotten up and galloped.

See what Marc Fisher said on pg B 3 of todays Post. This is an important issue.

Chip Py


RE: From what I saw today looks like a Publicity stunt to get back at the Developer for Successfully Revitalizing Silver Spring.

Now that I think of it I would be a bit surprised that Councilman Marc Elrich maybe the Ring Leader of this attention wh***ing stunt and you were sent out there to act upon it.

firejimbowden said...

Enough of this photo stuff....

Who's the genius at AFI that chose Pretty in Pink over 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club? I hope whoever it was gets canned ASAP.

Sligo said...

Maybe you should stage a protest outside the the AFI. You could use a circa 1980's "ghetto blaster" playing "Don't You Forget About Me". Or, you could have sixteen people holding candles in a silent protest.

Thayer Avenue said...

How very "Say Anything" of you.

Hillandale said...

It looks as if the inflatable shark on the Discovery Channel building will be returning!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQGm9dP8HWE

And along with it, another goofy faux-horror short. I can't wait for Shark Week!