Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday News 'N Notes

The Silver Spring news cycle is still revolving at a snail's pace, but here's a few tidbits:

- More than a year and a half after first lamenting the absence of FiOS in my neighborhood, it looks like the wait is nearly over. According to a Verizon worker digging holes near my house, they're running the necessary fiber optics now. w00t! For those living downtown, they're making their way to you, too. Unfortunately, like my current service provider, they don't presently carry SciFi HD. Dammit, I need my HD BSG but I'm sure as hell not getting Comcast.

- Now that The Turf is gone, a Washington Business Journal editor suggests Astroturfing the Lee's precious parking lot. I will never comprehend how a surface lot surrounded by half a dozen parking garages can possible be as profitable as the Lees maintain it is. How can it be financially more viable than any number of things that could be built just off Silver Spring's main intersection?

- The Georgetown University newspaper calls Silver Spring one of D.C.'s "Best 'Hoods". We're a bitch to get to from Georgetown, tho.

- The redevelopment of the so-called "Ripley District" is underway. No matter how much I try, I can not think of the word "Ripley" without hearing it screamed in the shrill voice of little urchin girl named Newt. Hopefully the first thing they do is create the mythical "Ripifant Street".

- If for some reason (family emergency, impeding hurricane, etc.) you haven't joined the Silver Spring Zombie Walk Facebook group yet, do so STAT! The details of the walk are still in the works, but expect an update in the next week or so.

- Imagine if MoCo tried to use this method for fighting the jaywalking epidemic in Silver Spring. You'd probably see a tenfold increase jaywalking from all the muppets trying to get on TV.

Enjoy the long weekend!



11 comments:

Mike said...

Two things. One, I've been a Fios customer for quite a while and got a mailing yesterday. The Sci-Fi channel has just been added in HD. So there you go.

Two, the parking lot is profitable. That's all. Of course, not much investment was needed to build that. And there's the rub. What can be invested that will turn a profit? How much do you need to spend? What's the payback and how long will it take? Simple business decisions.

FWIW

Sligo said...

Good to know about Sci-Fi.

Sure it's technically profitable, but what are the opportunity costs of letting that that property lay fallow for decades?

Brian White said...

Thanks for the heads up on the zombie walk group, I just joined.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

You know, if the real and immediate danger of getting hit by a car doesn't dissuade someone from jaywalking, I don't think showing them on tv will.

Thomas Hardman said...

Totally off-topic for this thread, fookin' write a new main page, will ya, Sligo?

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I always find friday news and notes very interesting, relevant and useful. All the stories are pertinent and require immediate attention.

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But, I don't subscribe to others as I love to be meticulous and don't want anything trivial to slip my notice. However, I find them interesting.

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