The following is a compilation of Silver Spring-related terms and nicknames frequently used in this blog over the years. This list will of course be more useful for Silver Spring noobs than for those who have been here awhile.
If I missed anything, let me know.
Silver Springs: A. A town in central Florida. B.The name by which Silver Spring is referred by the majority of people who don't live here (and sadly, even some that do). The inspiration for the name of this blog.
Shitty Place: A derogatory yet befitting moniker for City Place Mall. This nickname has been around almost since the mall's opening in 1992. Briefly a beacon of hope for downtown Silver Spring retail when it was first announced, the shopping center has pretty much sucked from the get go. (Side note: read the Yelp! reviews).
The Promenade: The stretch of Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Cedar Street. The name was inspired by Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, and while I can’t take credit for creating it, I’ve certainly done my best here to promote its usage.
Hellsworth: A disparaging nickname for The Promenade. Commonly used by commenters who do not like Ellsworth Drive’s chain restaurants, the teenagers who congregate there, or both.
SSINO: Silver Spring in Name Only. These are areas far from downtown Silver Spring which are referred to by their local neighborhood names by those who reside there, but which technically have a Silver Spring mailing address or ZIP code. These areas make up a surprisingly large portion of Montgomery County. What is Silver Spring "proper" and what is SSINO? That’s a contentious discussion that I’m not going to get into right now...
Skid Row: The west side of Colesville Road between Georgia Ave. and Fenton St. More here.
The Turf: The green outdoor carpeting that once covered the area where Veterans Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building now sit. While it was only intended to be in place a year or so when it was installed in 2005, the usual Montgomery County bureaucratic delays extended its lifespan until August 2008, when it was finally pulled up to allow construction to proceed. A popular hangout in the warmer months, there was an unsuccessful grassroots effort to preserve The Turf or replace it with something similar.
|"The Turf": 2005-2008|
|Map of Downtown Silver Spring (DTSS)|
The Community: A small cabal of residents who clearly know what’s best for everyone in downtown Silver Spring. In general, members have lived in one of the close-in neighborhoods of Silver Spring since before the re-development began around 2000 and have despised everything that has happened here in the last ten years. They attend every neighborhood meeting and civic forum and are always the most vocal participants. By default, they will vehemently oppose any new development or construction in Silver Spring (see The Fillmore). The one exception is the library bridge, which they must have despite the financial and aesthetic costs involved. The Community has the power to delay any project indefinitely, and as many members of The Community are Sith Lords, they are able to use their Jedi mind tricks to make local politicians completely reverse their positions.
Silver Sprung: The nickname for a "revitalized" Silver Spring, used heavily by the county in marketing the area during the early to mid-2000's. Oddly, there are three entries for this on Urban Dictionary.
NoVa Troll: Anonymous commenter(s) who takes every opportunity to disparage Silver Spring in comments section of posts. Vitriol is generally focused on Silver Spring's nightlife and the physical appearance of its residents. Makes unfavorable comparisons to other areas in the region, though primary focus is perceived contrast to Northern Virginia. Despite apparent antipathy toward Silver Spring, continues to reside here.