Thoughts on the Future of Bethesda

I was walking around Bethesda with my family this week and we happened to stroll by a new construction project in old Bethesda. We got talking and came to a couple of conclusions:

1. On balance, the smart growth aspect of Bethesda’s plan does make sense – increasing density is a good thing in the age of climate change etc.

2. Bethesda needs to do much, much more to improve its environmental footprint. From green roof projects to adding in more pocket parks, there are things that can and should be done.

Now, some of that responsibility will be on the authorities – in particular at the county level. They need to demand more from developers – just look at DC as an example.

However, it is not only the role of government. Our civil society groups need to do more. Bethesda Green (who we have donated to over the years) needs to push the whole community to embrace a more powerful plan for smart and green growth.

And we the citizens need to do more, from signing up with the compost crew (a terrific bethesda organization) to adding permeable surfaces to our homes and driveways.

We can and must make Bethesda a better, greener place!

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Tim Kaine will be Championing Hillary Clinton in Bethesda!

This is big news folks, looks like the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate will be in Bethesda on October 17th!

More news here.

And remember, the deadline to register to vote in Maryland is fast approaching:

“…by registering to vote ahead of the Oct. 17 deadline or by checking their registration status at iwillvote.com

Niche.com ranks Bethesda No. 89 Nationally

Congratulations to all of the people who make Bethesda their home. Niche.com ranked Bethesda No. 89 nationally in a very detailed study on the top 100 places to live across the country (see here for a searchable site).

Their methodology includes real estate (yay) and a whole lot more besides:

The 2016 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area at the place level. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

It is also important to point out that 11 neighborhoods in Montgomery County made the top 100 list. Congratulations to all their residents!

My day job, as regular readers know, is that of a real estate agent (licensed associate broker in MD and licensed agent DC and VA) and I am very happy to discuss these, and other local neighborhoods, with folks thinking about moving to our area. Feel free to give a call at 240 486 3921.

Cheers!

Picture of the Day: Outside Imagination Stage

Wonderful to see a local business innovate in the environmental space:

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Carousel at Glen Echo Park

 

 

I just need to take a moment and write about a hidden gem here in Bethesda – the Carousel at Glen Echo Park!

We took our 19 month old there recently and she absolutely loved it – yes mum and dad stood next to her and held on tight :-)

It reopens in the Spring and is well worth a visit. It is fun for all ages! See below for a little write up from the Glen Echo website:

 

“Glen Echo Park’s historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel is almost ready for it’s 96th season in the Park.  The carousel will open for the 2016 season with our Family Day celebration and will close with our Then & Wow! festival. The cost is $1.25 per ride; all riders must purchase a ticket. Payment by cash is preferred, but please note that there is no ATM onsite at the Park. Payment by credit card is now also accepted in the Carousel ticket booth. There is a $5.00 minimum charge for credit card sales. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. Installed at Glen Echo Park in 1921, the canopy and the carved figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. It is a classic example of hand woodcarving popular during the early 1900s. From 1983 through 2003, the carousel was fully restored – including each animal. The carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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More Construction Outside the Gallery and Triangle Towers

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New Construction has started across from the Gallery and Triangle Towers

Across from the Gallery and Triangle Towers (more details on the project to follow):

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Taste of Bethesda Cont.

Here are a few more pictures from the (wet) day!

PS Shout out to Fish Taco – that corn dish was AMAZING!

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Taste of Bethesda!

Well, Taste of Bethesda was wet and wonderful (as usual) – please email your favorite pictures to raj@rajabout.com and I will try and post the best of the bunch. Here is a good one to get started (the massive pot of yummy food being stirred by the Jaleo team:

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RE: Dean & DeLuca Opening in Bethesda

I like Dean & DeLuca and I appreciate that there is a good market for them here in Bethesda.

I just hope that we are also able to support local Bethesda businesses that have been providing us with high quality gourmet food and other tasty niche products….yup Cornucopia I am thinking of you!