So I heard that the latest blog party was somewhat disappointing. That's a shame; unfortunately, working in DC, it's kind of hard for me to make it to an event that starts at 5:30. Especially since I had a village board meeting starting at 7. Come on, blogosphere, I can't keep the blog parties going simply on my own greatness! Y'all gotta show up! Anyway, my apologies to ScottE, who was the host of the blog party.
Anyway, what's going on in downtown Columbia, you may wanna know??? To get you in the right frame of mind, you all need a little Petula Clark! Accept Petula, and allow a little piece of Petula to enter each of you. Ahhhhhhh.
First there is this letter from Michael McCall to Milton Matthews. That's a lot of Ms working together. Anyway, this letter address the physical condition of Merriweather and Symphony Woods, what with it hosting about 57 events over the past month.
I think it's a pretty reasonable letter, and although nothing short of importing sod for overnight replacement will please some people, I do think reasonable measures have been taken to maintain the quality of grounds. Now, the quality of the sound during the Sweetlife Festival-- that's another story. And one which I think is far from its final chapter.
So, one thing not being talked about while that awesome Howard Hughes juggernaut (sarcasm intended) plans to develop the Gold Coast. Where the heck are people going to park? Howard County Board of Appeals Chair James Howard has a great take on this topic in this post.
For those who are charged with holding HoHu accountable, while you're at it, how about asking them where the parking garages are going to go? Or are they also going to put them on property they don't own and try to sell the county on that? Oh, and dispatch their retained spin doctors to talk to bloggers like me to try to convince them that HoHu really does care about affordable housing and parking and infrastructure.
How about this? And in this, I'm talking to you, John DeWolf. I have an appointment with your paid PR person on Tuesday. How about if you show up and show me where those 1,000 units of affordable housing will be placed on Howard Hughes owned land. And while we're at it, let's do a deal which would bring some quality redevelopment in Oakland Mills. The county's got a huge apartment complex it might be willing to sell you.
How about it, Wolf? Let's see if you have what it takes.
Let's be careful out there.