- So the Big Greek Cafe is (almost) back. I wonder - will The New Big Greek Cafe have the same menu as the Greek Place (née The Big Greek Cafe), being that the people who presumably created the menu at the later now will run the former? Is there such a demand for Greek cafes that two establishments can survive within shouting distance of each other? If not, which will outlast the other and avoid the hair-salon-conversion fate that frequently befalls failed Silver Spring businesses? I look forward to the drama.
- Brock Parker, a Springbrook High graduate, just won $225K in the won the $2,500 Six-Handed Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker. Of course, the first commenter on the post challenges whether Springbrook is actually part of the "Real Silver Spring". (I will abstain from providing my opinion on this matter.) I'm waiting on the obligatory "All of Silver Spring sucks" comments that are sure to follow.
- Greater Greater Washington has an analysis of the proposed Wayne Avenue portion of the Purple Line route. It pokes holes is one of the B.S. arguments of rail opponents that bugs me the most - the supposed additional noise these trains will create, as if the county were going to run CSX cargo trains down the street. Hell, I can't wait for the Purple Line. I could walk a few blocks and hop a train to Bethesda. At that point I imagine public transportation will be my only option, as odds are I'll be far too old to drive. Of course, they may have teleporters by then, so the train will be obsolete anyway.
- This blog has an interesting photo that shows what Silver Spring Avenue above Fenton looked like years ago before they tore down the houses to put in parking lots.
Now this area is being developed as part of the "Fenton Village" project. I still contend that "Fenton Village" is an imaginary place, existing only in the minds of marketers. Village of what? Surface lots? Doesn't the term "village" imply a primarily residential population?
vil⋅lageIt seems kind of ironic for the county to retroactively assign the label of village to an area years after they've torn down most of the houses. This doesn't look too village-y to me.
1. a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town, and sometimes (as in parts of the U.S.) incorporated as a municipality.