As someone who is always bitching about the lack of shopping in downtown Silver Spring, I find this post on DCist about residents' and developers' of Columbia Heights (or "CoHi" if you're cool) quest for new retail outlets extremely amusing.
...The developers originally tried to woo places like Nordstrom, Macy's, Sears, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, but didn't have any luck, getting Target instead. The developers, Grid Properties, fired the leasing company, Newmark Knight Frank, after Newmark didn't attract high end retailers.Neiman Marcus???? Nordstrom??? Saks??? Shiiiiiiiiiit, we've been gentrifying in Silver Spring longer then they have and they think they are getting that high end stuff right away? Hell, I'd go into convulsions if if I found out they were putting a Target in City Place. Clearly they haven't gentrified as much as they think they have 'cause there are clearly plenty of crack pipes being hit if people expect Saks to move in. No offense to Columbia Heights, because it is getting nicer in some ways, but let's be realistic. I would say that the population within a mile radius of City Place could support those types of stores a lot more than residents in a similar area around 14th St.
The sad thing is, they probably aren't even getting a "good" Target. Yes, there are differences between Targets. The easiest way to tell them apart is look at how many models of iPod they carry. If they don't have the high-end stuff, you ain't at a "good" Target. I have also found that you can easily judge a neighborhood by the CVS. The more stuff they have locked up (esp. razor blades), the "worse" the neighborhood.
It's even better when you compare the neighborhood listserv with those around here. There, they complain about Foot Locker and Marshall's (and other "ghetto ass" stores) opening up in their new DCUSA development because it would attract people of a lower socioeconomic level. Here in Silver Spring they'd fight anything "nice" because it would attract people with money and displace some crappy store you'd never shop at. Hell, Marshall's and Foot Locker are two of the best stores in City Place!
- Speaking of places that have it better than us with regard to shopping, I went into the new Kensington Safeway for the first time this past Saturday and let me tell you, compared to the dumpy locations in downtown and Four Corners, this place is practically Xanadu. The produce section even has wood floors, for goodness sake. With this new Safeway and the new Giant Food down the street in Wheaton, they've got it a lot better than us when it comes to groceries. We do have Whole Foods, though.
Silver Spring Daily Photo has a few shots of the store.
- MoCo Police have been cracking down on loitering by day laborers at the strip mall at Veirs Mill & Randolph Rd. If the police hadn't responded to business owners' requests, they may have been forced to take matters into their own hands with a 400 lb. water cannon-equipped robot.
- Silver Spring gets a brief mention on the upcoming episode of HBO's The Wire. (This one's already available on On Demand.) Amazingly the reference, though brief, is both geographically correct and omits the extra "s". One of the stars and one of the writers of this show live in Silver Spring.