Heaven forbid College Park would be become anything like Silver Spring, but that's apparently the fear of some residents, who are spewing the same garbage as some people who live around here (and who should know better).
Some businesses worry that developer Foulger-Pratt Argo's plans will change the unique character of College Park. They cite the developers' recent Silver Spring revitalization as an example of a town that lost its unique feel as a result of re-development.I won't go into again what "unique feel" Silver Spring really had ten years ago.
I do appreciate their desire to improve College Park and maybe change its status of one of the lamest college towns in the country, but let's be real people, what local character are you losing? Liquor stores, $5 chairs sold in parking lots, cheap hotels, abandoned buildings, used car lots and traffic? Heck, two of the most unique things in College Park, the right-side drive-through McDonald's and the haunted waterbed store are already history. College Park also suffered a big loss (for me) with the closing of the Record and Tape Exchange.
At least someone has a grasp on reality:
[Foulger-Pratt Argo Principal Richard Perlmutte] also defended his company's Silver Spring project, saying that city "is a combination of historically what it was and what it is today," with a link between old and new downtown. He also said that the new Downtown Silver Spring sparked other area development, which he thinks could also apply to College Park.It annoys me that Silver Spring keeps being used as some sort of cautionary tale about redevelopment because one block of one street has some chain stores on it. I hate to break it to you, but a lot of those chains, such as Chipotle and Potbelly Sandwich Works are already in College Park.
Oh, and it's cute that they think they're getting OUR money for their Birchmere.
UPDATE: Thanks to the anonymous poster who provided a link to this City Paper article about environment of College Park. It captures all the elements that make CP such a crappy college town. ("It has the locational charm of a highway rest stop.")