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Silver Spring, Maryland, Through the Ages

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All About Silver Spring

Silver Spring is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) located in the southeastern section of Montgomery County, Maryland. The area was established in 1840 when Francis Preston Blair and his daughter, Elizabeth, were looking for somewhere to build their summer home. Upon discovering a spring flowing with mica chips, he built a 20-room mansion on a 250-acre country homestead in that area. He named the place Silver Spring. His son, Montgomery Blair, also build a house in the area called the Falkland house.

By the end of the 1800s, the area had started to develop into a town of size and importance. Opened in April of 1873, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Metropolitan Branch ran right through Silver Spring. In 1887, Selina Wilson divided part of her farm into five and ten acres. This started the first suburban development in the area. Then, in 1892, Francis Preston Blair Lee and his wife gave birth to E. Brooke Lee. For his visionary perspective toward the development of the area, he later became known as the father of modern Silver Spring.

The early 20th century saw significant growth for downtown Silver Spring. E. Brooke Lee and his brother founded the Lee Development Company. In 1922, the Woodside Development Corporation created the neighborhood of Woodside Park. In 1924, Takoma-Silver Spring High School was built. It was the first high school in Silver Spring. Due to the growing population of people, a new high school named Montgomery Blair High School was built in 1935. The Silver Spring Shopping Center and Silver Theatre soon followed in 1938. The shopping center was one of the first retail spaces that had a street-front parking lot.

By the 1950s, Silver Spring had become the second busiest retail market between Baltimore and Richmond. However, this didn't last long. After the opening of the Wheaton Plaza in 1960, the downtown area faced a period of decline. It wasn't until the 21st century that downtown Silver Spring started to see a rise again, with the addition of the newly developed outdoor shopping plaza called the "Downtown  Silver Spring." Silver Spring is now the fourth most populated place in Maryland and is considered an edge city. Nearby is the town of Homewood, where there are many parks and outdoor activities.

Downtown Silver Spring

Downtown Silver Spring is an outdoor shopping plaza developed by Peterson Companies. The plaza provides a wide range of entertainment, dining and shopping for residents and visitors in Silver Spring, Maryland. Some of the stores available at Downtown Silver Springs are H&M, LOFT, DSW, New York & Co. and Ulta. For dining, there is Whole Foods, Gusto Farm to Streat, Copper Canyon Grill, Matchbox, Nando's Peri Peri and Potbelly Sandwich Works. Downtown Silver Spring also features many forms of entertainment and recreational activities. Besides the Regal Majestic Theater, other activities include arts & craft fairs, cultural festivals, concerts and a farmers market. The plaza is also home to the Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College. The center offers various cultural performances, films, lectures and conferences.

AFI Silver

Also located in the downtown area of Silver Spring, MD is the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Designed by movie palace architect John Eberson, AFI Silver has the third-largest commercial movie theater screen in the DC Metro area and the second-largest outside of the Smithsonian Institute. Run by the American Film Institute, the theater plays classic films, modern art-house and independent works. It's also the host of the international AFI Docs documentary festival held annually in Silver Spring.

The Filmore

Located on Coleville Rd., the Filmore is a live entertainment and music venue that opened in 2011. It holds up to 2,000 people and features performances from artists like Prince Royce, Tyga, Migos, Minus the Bear, Wale (rapper) and Schoolboy Q. The Filmore was where the R&B singer Reesa Renee launched her album Reelease in 2012.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: April 28, 2021
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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