Tuesday, February 05, 2008

With all due respect to Sebastian Bach...

Because there was no simple way to refer to the two blocks of Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Cedar Street, I recently started to refer to this stretch of road as “The Promenade”. As this is a focal point of many lively discussions, it makes things a lot easier for everyone.

With the never ending dispute over the fate of the old J.C. Penney building on Colesville Road, I feel that it is necessary to take a similar step with regard to the eastern side of the 8600 block of Colesville Road where the contested structure is situated. This is the block bounded on one end by Ray’s the Classics and on the other by the new T-Mobile store. In the past, this has been described as “the strip of shops across from the AFI” and other not-as-nice names. It is in desperate need of re-branding.

To that end, I hereby christen this area “Skid Row”.

I shall refer to the block exclusively by this name until its development catches up with the rest of downtown Silver Spring. Of course, this may never happen should the groups allied against Live Nation emerge from this struggle triumphant.

[FLAME SHIELD UP]





11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I've lived in SS for 6 years now and like it tremendously. But Skid Row is a perfect name for the row of shops across from AFI. The only redeeming establishment on that street is DiMarco's. The rest are disposable and unattractive. Really, they belong inside the "mall"...then it could just be Skid Mall.

Thayer Avenue said...

What, the hot pink awning of T-Mobile doesn't lend an air of credibility to the geography?

b said...

...then people lured into these places of business would be, skid marks?

Ninja Gaiden said...

While the city pumped millions into the other side of the tracks, the Lee's sat on their land and watched the value go up up up up. Have you been to Skid Row in Los Angeles? shuddddderrrr

Springvale Roader said...

"Skid Row." I love it, but we should be fare to Abol Ethiopian Restaurant, which is stuck in the middle of it. That's a truly good restaurant, and the owner is hoping to set up some outdoor seating. However, I am truly tired of the general decreptitude of that side of the street.

Where are all the "Hip New Shops!"? (And now, T-Mobile doesn't count. Why couldn't a bar or restaurant move into that prime space?).

Stewart said...

Abol Ethiopian restaurant is legit. It is a good example of the kind of places that could be accross from AFI. I think it will serve as a good example for other independent businesses that have a good product to offer.

Long Gone Away said...

Skid Row is just there to remind you of what used to be. It's for those of you who have forgotten (or more to the point still lived in Arlington) all the "good" things that the crazies tried to "preserve" in downtown. I still remember when the county sponsored all the neighborhood kids (mine among them) to do murals to cover the boarded up buildings that once stood in the Promenade. You must see Skid Row as what it is -- an example of what ALL of Silver Spring would look like if the crazies had won the fights of the middle 1990s. If you ever meet someone who was pro development in 1992, shake his or her hand. So many of the people who fought for change have been forgotten. Go take a look at "Silver Spring Classic" and think about giving them their due. It's about time.

chaz said...

How much respect, really, is due Sebastian Bach?

Mike said...

Well, Long Gone, thanks for showing us some love. It wasn't pretty, either on the streets or in the battles over how to clean 'em up. But we just gotta keep pushing to get the rest of downtown taken care of.

Springvale Roader said...

You know what, though? There ought to be a light, or a pedestrian bridge, or something in the middle of Colesville between Wayne & Fenton. Most people walk up the AFI side of Colesville, and if you want to cross over to Abol, you need to go to a corner and a light, and I think this makes the casual stroll over to Skid Row too inconvenient for many people. Unlike New York City, where you can cross all streets and most avenues during long light changes, crossing Colesville is a pain in the ass.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Hey, I patronize DiMarco's AND Nice Nails. I prefer Skid Rower to Skid Mark, thank you very much.