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Can Silver Spring Nightlife Compete with Hanging in DC?

A 'nighttime economy' task force is just a fancy way for county officials to say they want Silver Spring to be 'cooler' after dark.

Only in Montgomery County do elected officials study how to get people to have fun.

But, in Montgomery County, an official task force has been assembled—of local business people, no less—to spot trends in the county's "nighttime economy." That's just a fancy way of saying "how people get out and go out (and spend money) at night." 

Now, the answer to the following question may very well be lodged in the former paragraph, but WUSA9 took to the streets on a recent weekend to ask young, trendy people where they'd rather hang out: Bethesda or Adams Morgan in DC?

"It's a different kind of nightlife here [in Bethesda], it's more low-key, mellow," said Tiffany Moy, who lives in Silver Spring. "Adams Morgan is like crazy like college kids."

That's exactly what County Executive Isiah Leggett may be banking on in his attempt to highlight the "multigenerational" aspect of Montgomery County. 

“A thriving nighttime economy is an opportunity to enhance Montgomery’s attractiveness to all generations, businesses and visitors," Leggett said in a statement. "In its first phase, the focus will be on Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown and Wheaton.”

What do you think: Is Silver Spring as fun to go out in as the neighborhoods in DC? 

Jim Loving May 20, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Yes. It needs more consistency and variety in the entertainment - i.e. music, but once it gets that, it will be there with Bethesda.
Tina Slater May 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
What about doing another round of heavy advertising for these 3 bus routes before abandoning them? The ICC is under-used by cars today & buses can travel at the speed limit. If the MTA, Ft. Meade and the County were to set up an incentive program (lets say a free 3-month ICC bus pass) to build the ridership habit, it might generate the ridership needed to keep the routes going. If we stop the buses, people will simply return to cars.
Edward Kimmel May 20, 2013 at 01:57 PM
This is absurd. The District of Columbia abolished capitol punishment long ago and there hasn't been a public hanging since the 19th Century. How can you compare nightclubbing in Silver Spring with watching a public hanging, anyway. That's barbaric.
Kyle H. May 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Downtown Silver Spring desperately needs a sports bar. Make it happen, Patch.
jag May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM
You mean a GOOD sports bar. Babe's was a sports bar...but sucked. Galaxy kinda meets the specifications of a sports bar...but it sucks (and is slated to close w/City Place redevel).

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