The comment I've heard lately that there are more blogs in Silver Spring than there are people is slightly exaggerated. If my count is accurate, there are "only" 10 or so active blogs that speak to issues relevant to fermenting and improving this thriving community. (There are many many many other issue and/or subject specific blogs in Silver spring - and many of them are really excellent... But here we are focusing on blogs that folks active in civic life find interesting.)
Running the risk of trying an impossible task, here is my list - a list - of these blogs with an attempt at a descriptive statement (or two) for each. If I misspeak, please correct me - I know you will :-)
(Also, they appear in no particular order.)
SILVER SPRING SPEAKS
The blog you are reading now. Moderated by Reemberto Rodriguez, Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center on topics relevant to the Center's mission - i.e.: connecting to community.
THE DIRECTOR'S BLOG
Moderated by Rollin Stanley, Director of Park & Planning. Excellent source for better understanding of development issues.
SILVER SPRING SINGULAR
Going strong for 4+ years. "News 'N Notes" feature provides succinct, one sentence blips with intentional, well placed links.
SILVER SPRING: THEN AND AGAIN
Moderated by Jerry A. McCoy, professional-level writings and great photographs that puts our community in its proper historical context.
JUST UP THE PIKE
Great reporting on not only Silver Spring, but meaningful stuff going on in our neighboring communities.
SILVER SPRING PHOTO
For those of us that are somewhat photographically challenged, this is a must-visit blog. Great panoramic pictures of many of our everyday spots.
SILVER SPRING SKATEBOARDING
"Promoting skateboarding and its benefits to youth..." Really cool pictures too.
"...this one was inspired both by those that have come before and the overwhelming sense of community on our beloved street." [For those that don't know, Thayer Ave in near Downtown Silver Spring.]
Got to love the name! Very neat reviews of eateries in the "South County" area. The 'people-interest' angle of the reviews give great insight into our community.
SILVER SPRING SPRINKLES
"A sprinkling of Silver Spring, MD. Sum Random assortment of news, photos, and trivia." Postings are not as regular as others, but the brief postings are worth checking out.
THE SILVER BEE
A private residential real estate venture, but with very good 'community angle' stories. Also has relevant local 'real estate' news.
A PARENT IN SILVER SPRING
http://aparentinsilverspring.com/Even the colors of this blog say what it is :-) Certainly not limited to Silver Spring proper, but a 'must-visit' blog if you have little ones. [Check out their Calendar Feature - easy to use, highly informative, and up to date.]
SILVER SPRING TOWN CENTER
Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., (SSTCi) maintains this blog. This is the organization responsible for - among other things - providing advice to the Regional Center to ensure community-serving events happen at the Civic Building and Veterans Plaza.
SILVER SPRING NEIGHBORHOODS
"Periodic news", well written and detailed description of projects and events. Neat pictures of community gatherings.
SOUTH SILVER SPRING NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Devoted to the folks on East West Highway, on the West side of Georgia. Issue oriented articles are thorough and professionally written.
"A pedestrian in Montgomery County."... GREAT pictures of what impedes pedestrian movement in our community.
THE NEIGHBORS CAMPAIGN
IMPACT Silver Spring's herculean attempt to knock on 10,000 doors in our community to connect with those not typically engaged in traditional civic life.
THE STRAIGHT LINE
Design oriented, moderated by the best of our local planners at the Montgomery County Planning Department.
SILVER SPRING TRAILS
About building a network of trails in lower Montgomery County.
SILVER SPRING BLOG
Newest blog around. Moderated by recent new homeowner. Cool observations and refreshing views.
SILVER SPRING TRAILS
All about the bike trails throughout the County - current and future.
THE SILVER SPRING PENGUIN
No longer active, but wonderful 'recent history' account of our community... (We miss it!)
NEARBY BLOGS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST TO SILVER SPRING
All about our neighbors to the south.
UNSUCK DC METRO
Advocate's take on DC Metro
Exceptionally well written blog on broader "growth" issues, but with occasional specific pieces as well (like the one on our own Civic Building!)
The name speaks for itself :-)
Moderated by Susan Majek, a freelance journalist. Interesting tid-bits in the general DC entertainment area.
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