Parris Glendening, former two-term Governor of Maryland and champion of the State’s Smart Growth legislation will appear in Silver Spring to be honored by the Coalition to Build the Inner Purple Line. Formally a UMD Professor and City Councilmember of Hyattsville, Glendening rose through the ranks of PG County and state politics to become a recognized national leader in sensible development. Wednesday he will talk about the role of transit in smart growth development. We hope to see you there.
“Every new classroom costs $90,000, every mile of new sewer line costs roughly $200,000, and every single lane-mile of new road costs at least $4 million.”
“If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities.” ~ Parris Glendening
Here’s the announcement from CTBIPL:
All interested citizens are invited to join the Coalition on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5 PM as we honor former Governor Parris N. Glendening in the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
In 1999, the Purple Line was many lines on a map. Gov. Glendening will be honored for his leadership in promoting the Inner Purple Line at that critical time. The former Governor, now a national leader on Smart Growth, recognized the value of an alignment that connects Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and New Carrollton.
For Bethesda, the project promised to encourage a continued increase in the use of transit to reach this economically healthy downtown. For Silver Spring, it supported the then-fragile revitalization effort. For the University Boulevard corridor, it promised to open up a somewhat economically fragile area to revitalization. For College Park, the Purple Line could potentially turn around the current dismal transit ridership of the University of Maryland community, and for New Carrollton it holds out hope that this transit-accessible center will be redefined in a more pedestrian friendly manner.