The shark is back! Heading home from the Beltway and approaching Downtown Silver Spring at the DC Line this afternoon, I could see the tail from far away. I fiddled for my cell phone and was lucky enough to catch a few seconds at a red light. Check out that “dorsal fin”—(thanks, Amanda!)—on the roof! The Discovery Channel headquarters are decked out in celebration of the station’s “Shark Week,” a series of scary programs scheduled to run the first week of August.
So, if you live in Silver Spring, or in nearby Shepherd Park/DC and Rock Creek Forest, if you regularly shop or party here, or if you pass through the Red Line Metro stop in the next few days, watch out. The 50-foot head of the pet's got a lot of sharp teeth.
To get back to our headline, however, what does the shark have to do with the housing market in Silver Spring, a Washington, DC suburb that’s a couple of hundred miles away from the sea? A lot, actually. Discovery Communication’s move of their world headquarters to Silver Spring a few years ago sent a strong signal that the large-scale urban revival program for downtown Silver Spring was serious, and that it would last. And it did! Today, we have an exciting, thriving commercial and entertainment district here that continues to grow, sleek new condo buildings, community centers, galleries and restaurants.
That said, real estate in this area has been rather stable and maintained its value well. The home of the shark certainly contributed to that.
(For those of you who are wondering how the monster got "into" the building, here you go: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/shark-week-2006-making-of-the-giant-shark.html )
© 2012, Catarina Bannier