I'm really growing tired of the
Birchmere Live Nation IMP argument. It's challenging the Purple Line's supremacy in the "getting old" department.
Things would have been a whole lot easier if, instead of holding a press conference, the county had quietly put the Live Nation agreement on display in the basement of the planning office in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard". Moreover, the basement should have had neither stairs nor lights.
Ironically, the vocal minority who are now vehemently opposing the Live Nation deal likely includes many of the same people who strongly favored the Birchmere as an alternative to a "9:30-like" club in this space.
I worry that after all this back and forth, this is what we're going to end up with:
If the county delays the signing of the contract with Live Nation in order to review a potential agreement with IMP, I can see the Live Nation lawyers getting back in their Maybachs and heading for the business-friendly confines of Northern Virginia, giving MoCo the bird the entire way.
If Live Nation decides to set up shop elsewhere in the region or just leaves altogether, will IMP still want to run a music venue in Silver Spring, or will they just say "uh, nevermind" and leave us high and dry?
As ThayerAvenue.com pointed out earlier today, the whole "we're giving an evil corporation $8 million" arguments of Live Nation opponents are bogus. This appears to be the primary justification for opposition to a Live Nation venue, and while on paper the IMP proposal (this is all it is right now) may be somewhat better, like the saying goes, "a bird in hand"...
(On a related note, today's Wall Street Journal has a feature article on Live Nation.)
- JUTP today points out the use of the term "SoMoCo" as part of the name of an upcoming fundraising event. This is the first "official" use of the SoMoCo nickname I've ever seen, even though I've heard it (and "NoMoCo") bandied about for years. If it starts getting used too commonly, it will take the fun out using this amusingly stupid nickname.
There is always a tipping point when the use of a phrase or word becomes too widespread, such as years ago when I saw a mobile phone advertising poster that read "get your talk on" or last night when there was a 30 Rock episode about "cougars". I would say that it is at risk of "jumping the shark" if jumping the shark hadn't already jumped the shark. SoMoCo doens't need to get any bigger than it already is, as opposed to say, "The Promenade".
- Since people seem to have such affection for The Turf, perhaps when it gets removed next spring the county should sell off squares (suitable for framing) to the public, kind of like UM did with Cole Field House. Or maybe leave a small patch where people can look down through a Plexiglas window in the floor of the concrete plaza to see a remnant of the former ground cover. They can light candles and leave wreaths and stuff.
- Another company that can't find space in Silver Spring is forced to move to Rockville. Strike another blow for anti-growth neighborhoods!
- There's a house in Silver Spring with "aluminum siding" consisting of thousands of crushed beer and soda cans. Depending on the context, a house with siding made of crushed beer cans could either be "ecologically friendly" or "hillbilly".
- That Silver Spring train station documentary I mentioned earlier has a production blog.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I'm really growing tired of the