Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- So, yeah, Chompy's back, in case you haven't looked up lately. Following the conclusion of Shark Week, Chompy will be replaced with a giant inflatable 6-year-old beauty contestant to promote TLC's new series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!

Photo via Discovery
 - We were supposed to know by the end of this month when the transit center would finally open, but I'm still waiting...

- Don't mess with O.G. seniors or run the risk them going postal - a 67-year-old man straight shanked a dude at a SSINO post office last week when he thought the man was cutting in line.

- File this under things I didn't know: America's Most Wanted is based out of Silver Spring. Their studio is in the unassuming building at the corner of Wayne and Cedar.

- Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer responded to the Piratz Tavern "revolt". (Shouldn't it be classified as a mutiny?)

Tony is not looking forward to The Premier.

- Silver Spring's future Premier Apartments is not yet corporeal, but the building has already begun tweeting in the first person. I hope it turns out to be malevolent like the Overlook Hotel and sends out tweets like "Come play with us."



32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please tell us you're kidding about the beauty contestant blow up!

Sligo said...

Is the concept any more ridiculous than the one for the show itself?

Anonymous said...

As long as it's not a blow up Sarah Palin!

Anonymous said...

Completley irrelevant and off topic, but thought interesting enough to share with the eco-fools out there who love the new(well not so new) bag tax.

http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2012/07/31/plastic_bag_bans_just_another_eco-fad_106336.html

Anonymous said...

LOL, thanks for the link. While irrelevant and off topic, as you say, it is a good laugh. Got to love fake scientists on a fake science website using fake science to combat, you know, reality. Now, back to Chompy....

Anonymous said...

actually real clear since is a subgroup of realclearpolitics. a VERY respectable site, that actually doesnt make news, but is a collection of other news story.

Buuuuut. the article wasnt meant as a joke (though i know you were sarcastic) point is bag tax sucks.

now...back to chompy

Anonymous said...

science*

CBMLphoto said...

I could have sworn the AMW studio was at the Crime & Punishment museum in DC. Unassuming in SS indeed!!

LJ said...

I saw AMW filming a reenactment (some guy assaulting a woman) in the front yard of a house on Pershing a couple years ago.

Kraln said...

AMW used to be in DC, then in Bethesda. They're relatively new to the neighborhood, but Silver Spring Studios is owned by John Walsh and has been here for years.

Stuart said...

To the bag tax anonymous poster:

The referenced study by the U.K. Environment Agency is interesting (you should read it), but it does not make the same conclusion as the RealClearScience article. The study concludes that reusable non-woven polypropylene bags (of the kind that area grocery stores are selling/giving out) must be reused 11 times to beat a disposable plastic bag that is disposed or recycled and 14 times to beat a disposable plastic bag that is reused once as a trash can liner (or poop bag). That's a pretty low threshold required to achieve environmental benefit.

It is the cotton bags that consume so much energy to manufacture and distribute that they must be reused many times [but still, not an unreasonable amount].

The study does not support the author's point.

By the way, your article was written by an employee of the Washington Policy Center, which claims to be nonpartisan but is not.

The term "Eco-fool" may be appropriate here, but perhaps not in the way you applied it.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"The study does not support the author's point."

The article also seems to use the lack of research on the impacts of plastic bags as opposed to ghost fishing nets as evidence that the bags aren't a problem.

The impacts of the bags are much more local than the mid Pacific gyre. It's the landfills and the creeks and rivers. After a strong rain, bags that washed down with the rain water float in the waterways and get snagged on trees and other structures. You don't have to measure contributions of plastic from bags to the Pacific gyre to want to reduce the bag litter in our communities and in the local waterways.

Oddly enough, I was just thinking last night how I haven't been seeing fly away plastic bags since the ban, nor bags flapping in trees and shrubs. That's a great improvement.

Justafed said...

I think at this point it is fair to assume that some deal will be reached with respect to the transit center, but my fear is that mitigation of the concrete could still take months, and just because they cancelled winter last year does not mean this year we will not have one, and one more winter without a real bus station could be enough to drive me nuts.

But let us assume they do solve this in the near future and we get the transit center. As others have noted, it is pretty ugly, but the story has been that other buildings on the site, and especially the hotel planned for the site, would screen the one side of the building. Has anybody heard or read anything that would point to whether they have secured a tenant/owner for the other half of the site? And, if so, how badly will constructing that disrupt traffic?

Anonymous said...

For the life of me, what I cant figure out is what genius thought it was a good idea to put the entrance/exit and add another light to Colesville Rd. At its current location there will be 3 lights within 100 feet of each other. Traffic is already bad enough with 2 lights, the last thing we need is ANOTHER light there. Instead they should just keep the old entrance/exit off Wayne. That’s another thing I hate about this area...the solution to every problem is put a traffic light there. Traffic to slow? Put a light! Too many people on their cell phone? Put a light! To cold outside? Put a Light! Redskins suck? Put a light!

The solution to easing traffic in the DC area is simple.....keep the flow of traffic. Don’t do things, or put obstacles that impede the flow of traffic, and unnecesaraly placed lights are the biggest cause of traffic. It could not be simpler. That and bicyclists.

Anonymous said...

Tired of the traffic lights around here. I agree. This area was and is designed by some very stupid people.

Anonymous said...

And what's with the "no turn on red" signs everywhere in this town? I assume this has to do with traffic flow...can someone confirm? In all the cities I've ever visited or lived, I've never seen so many of those signs. Drives me crazy when I want to turn right but have to sit at an intersection for no apparent reason...especially when it's very early in the morning or late at night are the the area is dead. I know...I know...I could just turn but my luck I'd get a ticket.

Anonymous said...

What's up with the new library constuction? Site seems deserted.

Anonymous said...

The no turn on red signs are to protect pedestrians. They're common in commercial districts.

Unless my knowledge is out of date, the library is currently being bid out. Not till fall, I believe, that the bids will be in and a construction company will be selected. That's when groundbreaking will take place. The past year was all utilities work, not on the building itself.

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous 1215

actually "no turn on red" signs are meant to protect vehicles. in 99% of no turns it is because oncoming traffic does not have a clear view of the intersection. So they can't see vehicles turning until its too late. But remember just because YOU can see THEM, doesnt mean THEY can see you turning.

But I wouldnt except most people to know that, this area is filled with crappy drivers who don't know the rules of the road

Anonymous said...

@anon 1:48, please don't be a dick, especially when you're completely wrong.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/27/AR2010042703811_2.html

The vast majority (probably all) of DTSS CBD intersections are "no right on red" because of the high density of pedestrians. Certainly it's possible a couple of those intersections might also be deemed as needing the signage anyways, but obviously that doesn't explain the blanket ban in DTSS.

Anonymous said...

Oh Washington Post...of course its then gotta be accurate right?...not! (1988 all over again)

Btw, Dr Gridlock? this is the same idiot who thinks nothing is wrong with metro.

soooo...i wouldnt put too much stake in what he says.

Anonymous said...

Guy, you're wrong. Research it further if you wish or just use common sense. Why is there a sign at every single intersection (not just ones that might have a line of sight issue), but only in DTSS and other highly walkable areas? A massive coincidence w/every DTSS interview lacking a clear view?

I don't care that you're wrong, so don't bother arguing about it. I just thought you would want to know and also thought you should be less of a dick about it since apparently you don't live in DTSS/know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

Thats exactly the point. There is no rational why there are so many "no turn on reds" in DTSS. Silver Spring (and the DC area as a whole) put no logic behind there traffic planning.

Anonymous said...

I think there are certainly intersections where "no turn on red" is justifiable but the blanket application in DTSS is just another example of Montgomery County fail.

Anonymous said...

This area was designed by complete idiots. I mean seriously the learning disabled is too nice of a word.

I'd rant more about how Silver Springs roadways and designs look like someone just took a dump on a planning map but this seems to also be a general DC Metro, Baltimore, Southern MD, NOVA issue as well.

Anonymous said...

annonymous 7:12

I could not agree more

Isayaah Parker said...

They should just turn the transit center into a skatepark and call it a day.

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