Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summer is Around the Corner(s)

It's almost summertime, which means more blog posts from us here at Around the Corners.

I've been quite busy during the past month with school.  As a junior in college, it is difficult to balance regular blogging with academics and social life.  However, my summer break starts next week, and the summertime is when I have ample opportunity to write quality blog posts with regularity.

The Woodmoor Shopping Center last July.  Photo by the author.

Here is a preview of what we'll be covering this coming summer and beyond:

-Continued local stories about the history of Four Corners.  Some of our most heavily read posts have been the ones about local history, such as the one about the Cold War military base or the 1936 murder.  Posts like these take a while to craft, as they require a decent amount of research and reading, but I will definitely try to write some more since I have received so much positive feedback from them.  They also serve to educate people about the fascinating history of our community, of which there is alot  (though local historians like Ken Hawkins and David Rotenstein have done and continue to do great work at documenting this history).  

-Continued coverage of the Rapid Transit System plans.  As a member of the Route 29 South Corridor Advisory Committee, I will continue to keep readers informed about the goings-on at the meetings (here's to hoping the next meeting is more productive than the last!).  While sometimes frustrating. the CAC process is an important and educational experience, and I'm glad to serve on the committee.  I will also share some of my own designs and drawings (based strictly on the Master Plan and SHA standards) that depict how bus rapid transit can fit on a road like Colesville Road without negative impacts on surrounding homes and businesses.  More on those in alter posts.

-Increased coverage of local people and businesses.  This is something I've wanted to do for a while, but it is a time consuming task.  I plan to profile some local residents and businesses in our community to help increase our visibility a bit.  I often read posts on other blogs which speak about new businesses and interesting people in downtown Silver Spring, and they are great reads.  Unfortunately, Four Corners doesn't get much attention.  I would like to start changing that.  There is more stuff going on here in Four Corners than people realize, and we have our share of interesting people from all backgrounds who deserve more recognition.  

-Improved "breaking news" coverage.   We have had a few successful posts documenting current events in Four Corners, such as the Route 29 flood and the Kenny's fire.  I'd like to do more of these if I can, since they often provide timely information on stories that either don't get covered right away, or that don't get mentioned much at all (since they are not big enough to warrant a full story from a major news outlet, but they still affect the community enough to be written about by a local blog like this).  Stories like these are often a matter of being in the right place at the right time and some help from other residents (shoutout to Joe Fox on that Kenny's story), but since I'll be around more over the summer, I'll have many more opportunities to write about timely events.

Those are the main goals for the next few months.  I have much more long term goals for the blog (going out 2 and 3 years from now), and I'll speak more to those at a later time.  For now, I'd like to thank everyone who has provided feedback and encouragement over the past year.  I have met several interesting and awesome people through the blog (from neighbors to community activists to elected officials), and I look forward to meeting more.  I thoroughly enjoy writing about my community, and I'm excited that I'll soon be able to do more of it.  Stay tuned!    

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