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Build in Capitol Heights, not Westphalia: A resident of Capitol Heights argues that Prince George's needs to focus more on developing around its Metro stations and making the roadways there more ped- and bike-friendly, instead of building megaprojects on remote farms like Westphalia. (Gazette)

Preserve UMD history and add the Purple Line: UMD administrators are still pushing to locate the Purple Line anywhere except the logical place: through the center of campus. The latest proposal would disturb a campus building which is up for historic designation; the administration sounds like it doesn't care much about the historic buildings. Students say: run the thing on Campus Drive already!

Big Chair big news: Area blogs have been talking about this for a while, but there's a new coffee shop on MLK Ave SE in historic downtown Anacostia. The coffee shop will seek to capitalize on the lunch rush hour and create a "third place" in an area with few food options. (Post, Cavan)

Those stylish reusable bags: Finally, a press article that isn't whining about the bag fee, but agrees that people really are using reusable bags: the Post's Home and Garden section has an article on the stylish reusable bags people are sporting at area grocers. (Post)

Sex parties are not "residential": When the local zoning board cracks down on a quasi-commercial use in a residential area, it usually doesn't make multiple papers, except when that violation is BDSM sex parties in Bethesda. (Examiner)

Ride On a little longer: Responding to a strong outcry from residents about proposed Ride On service cuts, Ike Leggett agreed to reduce some of the cuts and raise parking fines instead. Councilmember Roger Berliner wants to go farther and have no cuts. (Examiner)

Real-time Arlington: Arlington Transit has a mobile-friendly real-time bus tracking site up in beta, complete with links to Google, Bing, or MapQuest maps for stops. (CommuterPage.com, Rob S.)

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And, of course, enjoy the snow! Did you stock up on groceries, ice melt, or other supplies to dig in for the storm?

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Bradley Heard of Capitol Hgts is right! Are you listening soon-to-be county exec and board members? Thanks for the link to this editorial.

by Bianchi on Feb 5, 2010 9:57 am • linkreport

Regarding the storm, might try venturing out into Old Town, but aside from that I'll be cooped up in Huntington. Especially since Metro will be shut down out my direction.

by Froggie on Feb 5, 2010 10:00 am • linkreport

Like many here, I've been watching UMD administrators resist running the purple line through their campus for years. This despite the fact that it seems *everyone* else wants it through campus and every shred of evidence seems to point to it being the best choice.

So, my question is, why are they against this? I just don't understand why they would be against it. Is it a fear of "crime"? A fear of losing control? A love of cars? I'm sure they've espoused various reasons but I'm curious as to what people here think are the *real* reasons.

Thanks,

~EZ

by EZ on Feb 5, 2010 10:11 am • linkreport

The best comment on the BDSM story, from dggdydg:

"Aren't they at all concerned that a stiff reprimand from the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services will only spur these BDSM people to have more parties?"

by JTS on Feb 5, 2010 10:48 am • linkreport

Sex parties actually are residential, as long as they don't charge admission. If he offers them for free there's nothing the government can do.

by jcm on Feb 5, 2010 10:49 am • linkreport

A stiff reprimand, eh? So that's what the kids are calling it these days...

by Alex B. on Feb 5, 2010 10:58 am • linkreport

@ EZ, in the linked article the UMD admin fears the light rail will interfers with electromagnetic sensitive research labs nearby. However, a reserach scientist was not quoted, so maybe they're just using that as an excuse.

by Bianchi on Feb 5, 2010 11:05 am • linkreport

I was quite disappointed to find the grocery store last night had already sold out of avocados. If the snowpocalypse interferes with my ability to get my guac on during the Super Bowl, it will be a very sad day indeed.

by Gavin Baker on Feb 5, 2010 1:01 pm • linkreport

I was at UMD when this all started and it was clear that President Dan Mote was the one driving all his subordinates to parrot his talking points. I never truly figured out what his true motivation was other than an irrational bias and fear that trains would run people down.

A similar attitude is partly responsible for the fact that the existing College Park metro stop was built so far away from campus. The UMD president at the time was strongly opposed to bringing the Metro anywhere near the university. In fact, I blogged about it back in the day (2007).

by Eric F. on Feb 5, 2010 1:03 pm • linkreport

Bradley Heard of Capitol Hgts is right! Are you listening soon-to-be county exec and board members? Thanks for the link to this editorial.

by Bianchi

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If they are smart they would not because the Capital Heights this soo called PG County resident is speaking of is the DC portion of Capital Heights. This is just another one of several Crazy Schemes to keep Major Upscale Development away from PG County, Maryland while promoting more High Scale Development throughout Northern Virginia and DC............

by Adam on Feb 5, 2010 4:10 pm • linkreport

EZ, college administrators are strange people. In Los Angeles, the brand new expo line will be passing next to the USC campus. The administration fought it every step of the way, even though the students and staff were all for it. Fortunately, the train won and is being built.

The president/dean of USC is retiring at the end of the semester, and he was quoted as saying that his biggest failure was not stopping the light rail line. Everybody else says good riddance to him, and they look forward to the opening of the line next year.

by J on Feb 5, 2010 6:04 pm • linkreport

@ Adam: I'm the author of the op-ed, and I do, in fact, live in the "Prince George's" part of Capitol Heights -- less than a half-mile from the Addison Road Station. (Where, exactly, is the "DC portion of Capitol Heights," anyway?)

I'd encourage you to re-read the op-ed. It advocates focusing development around the 15 Metro stations Prince George's County already has inside of the Beltway -- where it has already spent a ton of money to develop major rail transportation infrastructure -- rather than trying to spring up new cities on farms. How on earth is that a "crazy scheme"? Trust me, I want major upscale development in Prince George's. I just think it should be put at the places where the County already has public transit capacity.

Regards,

Bradley Heard
(a "real live" Prince George's County resident)

by Bradley Heard on Feb 5, 2010 6:42 pm • linkreport

Bradley, Adam is a troll and a conspiracy nut immune to reason. Ignore him.

by Neil Flanagan on Feb 5, 2010 6:58 pm • linkreport

So now Bethesda is zoning for sex? Really?

Where, pray tell, is kink going to be allowed in Bethesda, then, if anywhere at all?

by J.D. Hammond on Feb 6, 2010 1:50 am • linkreport

@ Adam: I'm the author of the op-ed, and I do, in fact, live in the "Prince George's" part of Capitol Heights -- less than a half-mile from the Addison Road Station. (Where, exactly, is the "DC portion of Capitol Heights," anyway?)

by Bradley Heard

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OK you "claim" to live in PG County but you "don't know" where the DC portion of Capital Heights is.......

If you really "resided" in PG County you would know that Capital Heights barely have any room to build a Massive Mix Use of Office/Upscale Retail/Hotel/Residential Development in Capital Heights which is mostly Saturated with older Homes which would be hard to demolish(through Eminent Domain) to make way for a Large Scale Development.

And don't tell me that they can do without a Major Large Scale Development because the Fact is that there is no area in PG County that has Multiple Large Scale Mix Use Developments like Tysons Corner, Crystal City, Reston Town Center, Pentagon City, Fair Oaks, or Downtown Alexandria.......
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I'd encourage you to re-read the op-ed. It advocates focusing development around the 15 Metro stations Prince George's County already has inside of the Beltway -- where it has already spent a ton of money to develop major rail transportation infrastructure -- rather than trying to spring up new cities on farms.

by Bradley Heard

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You don't live near that area soo I am still at confusion as to why you give a care about what gets built there. There are SEVERAL Tax Paying Residents living near the Planned Project that heavily support it and can very well attract the same Upscale Retail that they have been traveling to Virginia to shop but will possibly be able to do within PG County and the very Big possibility that it will attract Major Office Growth since it is near AAFB which will reduce Unnecessary Outbound Commuting from Maryland to the Major Employment Centers Virginia.......
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How on earth is that a "crazy scheme"?
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Because the thought of PG County attracting Major Upscale Retail and Massive Office Growth on the same Level as Tysons Corner, The Dulles Corridor, Crystal City/Pentagon City/Rosslyn, or any Heavily Developing part of Virginia Scares people that want the Majority of the Suburban High Class Fortune 500 Employment and Major Upscale Shopping Centers to Remain and Grow in Northern Virginia....
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Trust me, I want major upscale development in Prince George's. I just think it should be put at the places where the County already has public transit capacity.

by Bradley Heard

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Trust ya!?!?!?!?!?

Most of the Transit Stations in PG County are either located in Historic Heavily Residential(NIMBY) Communities or areas that have Very Stiff anti-Growth Policies....

If you was really sincere about so-called growth policies then you would really have an issue with All of that Massive Development going on outside the Virginia Beltway in Fairfax County, Loudon County, and Prince William County. And don't you tell me nothing about METRO Building that $5 Billion Silver Line Metro to the Dulles Corridor because that is just another way of rewarding Fairfax County and Loudon County for pushing more High Scale Massive Office and Retail Growth that is Several Miles
away from DC while the Westphalia Project in PG County is less than 15 Miles from DC which has potential for Rapid Transit Growth via Purple Line, Blue Line or Green Line Extension.......
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(a "real live" Prince George's County resident)

by Bradley Heard

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Oh I highly doubt that especially if you can't find the DC portion of Capital Heights, LOL!!!

by Adam on Feb 6, 2010 2:11 am • linkreport

Adam, I noticed you haven't responded to the remark that you are, in fact, a known troll.

by J.D. Hammond on Feb 6, 2010 2:28 am • linkreport

Bradley, Adam is a troll and a conspiracy nut immune to reason. Ignore him.

by Neil Flanagan

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Now why would I Dumb myself down into believing that PG County does not deserve to have Major Upscale Retail, Office, and Hotel Development outside the Beltway while across the river in Virginia they are Building Soo Rapidly Several Miles outside the Virginia Beltway..........

If I am a "Troll" and "Conspiracy Nut" just because I am stating the obvious of the biasness against Developing Suburban Maryland at the Same Rate as Northern Virginia then you are a Communist Bureaucrat(borderline closet Racist) that wants Maryland to be degraded into a state of Deserted Abandonment while Northern Virginia continues to be the Urban/Suburban Sprouting, Business Rich, Upscale Shopping Destinating, Highway Infrastructure(Transit Included) Rich Region of the DC Metro area....

by Adam on Feb 6, 2010 2:29 am • linkreport

Adam, Are You German? Because That's The Only Language I Know Of Where One Capitalizes Every Noun.

by J.D. Hammond on Feb 6, 2010 2:44 am • linkreport

Isn't the real crime that we can't take Metro to one of these parties?

by Neil Flanagan on Feb 6, 2010 4:19 am • linkreport

Adam, I noticed you haven't responded to the remark that you are, in fact, a known troll.

by J.D. Hammond

Adam, Are You German? Because That's The Only Language I Know Of Where One Capitalizes Every Noun.

by J.D. Hammond

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And you want to call me a troll, LOL!!!!!!

I didn't know the Mental Psych Ward allowed its patients to use the Internet.......

by Adam on Feb 7, 2010 12:38 am • linkreport

Explain to me what sort of psychotic symptoms endanger me to myself and the rest of society, Adam.

In detail.

by J.D. Hammond on Feb 7, 2010 1:31 am • linkreport

@Adam, Would you consider sharing your email address on the blog here to transit this discussion "offline" so its participants can perhaps give it the substantive, more lengthy consideration it deserves? It seems to me that what you have to contribute is beyond what fits here.

by Dennis Jaffe on Feb 7, 2010 3:10 am • linkreport

You know the BDSM sex thing might offend some squeamish people and lead to one biased opinion or another, but my city had a similar issue with Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings held in a private home. They of course were let off the hook despite the law saying otherwise, but still.

It's a bit of a challenge. I mean, where do you draw the line between a private gathering and violating non-residential use according to zoning policy?

by Steve on Feb 7, 2010 8:16 pm • linkreport

Explain to me what sort of psychotic symptoms endanger me to myself and the rest of society, Adam.

In detail.

by J.D. Hammond

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What does your question and calling me a "troll" have to do with the subject of supporting Mass Growth in PG County at the same rate as Northern Virginia???????

Stop Diverting from the subject..........

by Adam on Feb 8, 2010 8:28 pm • linkreport

@Adam, Would you consider sharing your email address on the blog here to transit this [/b][/u]discussion "offline"[u][b] so its participants can perhaps give it the substantive, more lengthy consideration it deserves? It seems to me that what you have to contribute is beyond what fits here.

by Dennis Jaffe

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Mr. Jaffe, I will not do that for the fact that the subject I am speaking on is about Growth in PG County in Which I am in Heavy Support of. Whatever can be discuss "offline" can be discuss here.

BTW- Would you like to explain what you mean by "discuss offline" and what I have to contribute is beyond what fits here?

The inquiring mind is curious to know.

by Adam on Feb 8, 2010 8:36 pm • linkreport

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