Monday, June 08, 2009

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- 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⋅lage
–noun
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.
It 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.



6 comments:

Woodside Park Bob said...

Concerning the Purple Line noise issue, I don't have a horse in this race.... I don't live close enough that it will affect me one way or the other, but I have been to Baltimore and been on the sidewalk when their light rail trains came by and turned a corner. They are so loud you can't talk to the person next to you. Maybe our trains will be quieter, but if not, they ought to be in a tunnel through downtown Silver Spring both to reduce noise and keep from making traffic even worse than it is now

WashingtonGardener said...

I don't think that they are any louder than those damn Metro/Ride-on buses and their awful brakes. Living on a corner and bear a bus stop anywhere in MoCois punishment -- can;t they afford some WD40?

Cyndy said...

Thanks for the link to my post about Silver Spring Avenue!

Sarah said...

as someone who graduated from jackson road, white oak, and springbrook, can i please say that anyone arguing springbrook is in some kind of "fake silver spring" netherworld is completely ridiculous.

Molly said...

Two neighboring Greek restaurants sounds a little silly to me. What a shame that the opportunity isn't used for something different - like a tapas place, one of very few types of food I feel that Silver Spring is lacking.

Though if we could fuel some kind of huge gyro rivalry (a la Pat's v. Geno's cheesesteaks in Philly), that could be alright...

chippy said...

Just last night (Wed) Brock Parker won a second tournament and another $500,000