- I was dismayed to discover this past weekend that the concrete bleachers at the Old Blair field are in the process of being demolished. I liked having the option of doing some stairs on those admittedly infrequent occasions when I went for a run on the adjacent track. After decades of use, they have now been classified as a safety hazard and are being removed in favor of a small set of metal bleachers. (What's next, banning sidewalk chalk?)
Perhaps there's been a recent rash of bleacher accidents I'm not aware of, but with a large county budget deficit was this really the most pressing issue toward which precious education dollars needed to be allocated? It's true the concrete was kind of disintegrating in spots, but it never seemed that dangerous to me. Just tell kids not to play on it or something.
Of course, removing the bleachers may have the unintended consequence of converting the entire hill into a sledding paradise, so there still may be loads of childhood injuries occurring here come next winter.
- Remember how IMP was trying to block state and county funds from supporting the Silver Spring Fillmore? Their lawsuit was dismissed this week.
- In another defeat for obstructionists, The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission voted 6 to 2 against designating the Silver Spring's First Baptist Church of Silver Spring as historic. (Here's a detailed explanation of why it isn't historic.) Presumably development of the property at the corner of Wayne and Fenton can now proceed.
|The First Baptist Church|
Notice to whoever is in charge of demolition: I would love to take one of the Space Needle-esque lamps currently standing outside the church's front entrance off your hands if you aren't going to re-use them. Seriously, email me.