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Description of Pictures: Skateboarders have taken over the plaza. I was surprised that they're not actually excluded on the signs.
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
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Signage: You'll see a lot of signs in this group. Eventually, I'll type the text of the signs into the subject description and get rid of the signs themselves. This is pretty slow and tedious work though.
Description of Subject Matter: Silver Spring Civic Building:
(Parts from an opening day flier)
- The Civic Building and Veterans Plaza is the civic presence in the redevelopment of downtown Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Civic Building is the living room of our community. It replaces the community function of the Silver Spring Armory and acknowledges the sacrifice and service of veterans to our community and country.
- The opening of the new building is a community celebration as the building's origins are rooted in this community's long standing desire for a fathering space.
- The building is located within a block of the former site of the Silver Spring Armory, a castle-like structure that once houses the National Guard. The veterans are being honored with sculptures that will be installed later.
- The Veterans Memorial Art is being designed by Toby Mendez, a nationally recognized Maryland sculptor who created the Thurgood Marshall Memorial on State House Square in Annapolis.
- The building was designed by Machado and Silvetti, a nationally recognized and award winning firm located in Boston, MA that was selected for this project through a design competition, a first for Montgomery County. Rudolfo Machado chaired the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University from 2004 to 2009.
- The building also houses the offices of the Silver Spring Regional Center.
- The purpose of the Silver Spring Recreational Center is to be the eyes and ears of county government in the community and work with all community members to provide better access to county government.
- The Silver Spring Regional Center has 3 full-time staff and one contract staff. The Director Reemberto Rodriguez, a Program Manager (Jewru Bandeh) and a senior executive administrative aide (Vicki Lockerman), the Weed and Seed program director (Victor Salazar) is also housed in the facility. ...
- The ice rink will open on the day of the Thanksgiving Parade and continue through March. ...
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2020_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (3 photos from 2020)
2013_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (62 photos from 2013)
2012_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (28 photos from 2012)
2010_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (112 photos from 2010)
2009_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (74 photos from 2009)
2008_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (46 photos from 2008)
2007_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (1 photo from 2007)
2006_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (1 photo from 2006)
2005_MD_VPlaza: MD -- Silver Spring -- Veterans Plaza (2 photos from 2005)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.