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September 5, 2008


dolla dolla billTonight, I'm on my way into Washington, aka Expensive Drink Central. But hey, it's my buddy Evan's birthday and he wants to throw down. So, we'll throw down.

I want to take a moment here and veer off on a tangent.

Evan and I studied together at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ever been out to a bar in College Park? Well, there are only four or five of 'em. That's one bar for every 5,00-6,000 students.

College Park is one of the most under-served college towns in the country.

Any city with such a huge college smack in the middle of it should have a movie theater, dozens of bars, clubs, cafes, non-chain restaurants and a bowling alley all within walking distance. But does College Park? Nope. What a disappointing city.

Tangent over. What are you guys up to this weekend?

(AP photo of a mere fraction of the money I'll spend tonight) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:26 PM | | Comments (21)


hunkering down for Hannah.

I had plans to go to the Real Ale Fest at DuClaw in Bel Air on Sat, but not exactly sure if I want to make the 40 minute drive in heavy rain and winds. I should probably be home making sure my deck furniture doesn't blow away!

Going to the Raven's game on should be beautiful by then!

Going to Waldorf on Saturday to visit relatives. Maybe it will be flooded and I won't get a chance to go...

Sunday, football is finally here. Anyone going out for the games? There are some new bars in Baltimore that finally got the NFL TV package.

going to college park to open a bar.

Hee hee.

Jason, in case you weren't joking, the college park town council doesn't want more bars. They generally hate the college and the kids, and think their little city would be much better off without UMCP.

What they don't realize is how much the college drives up the property values. And that if UMCP wasn't there, College Park would probably just be another one of Washington's ghetto suburbs.

Midget wrestling at Della Rose's after I get out of work today(5:pm), then hit I'm gonna hit up the Baltimore Boxing Bout at Du Burn arena(7pm). I heard that it is a title fight with one of the gyms undefeated fighters. It's nice to have two cool events right across the street. Ravens Game on Sunday.

Sam, That sounds a lot like the Federal Hill neighborhood associations. Without the bars and restaurants property values would be a lot lower and Federal Hill would just be another Pigtown (Washington Village)

"What they don't realize is how much the college drives up the property values. And that if UMCP wasn't there, College Park would probably just be another one of Washington's ghetto suburbs."

1 - For serious? Aren't you at least some version of a reporter? Blog comment or not, methinks it should be a little closer to journalism than, um, sitting around a Fed Hill bar with your bros.

2 - How noxiously condescending.

If you want a real college town you build in a real town like State College, Blacksburg, and Emmitsburg. There are more, but I don't have time. College Park as a town is a joke. I didn't even consider the school because of the trash town/county it was in. Rant over.

Saturday I was supposed to have football practice but now Hanna is dropping by and I guess the rest of my team wears skirts so I have the day all to myself. You may find me somewhere in Fed Hill that evening. Sunday is game day all day so I may be at Purple Patio or tailgating at M&T or both.

Jason, you're right, regardless of the fact that it is within walking distance of most of the jobs for those living there. The only reason anyone lives there is because of the wonderful, Class-A bars and restaurants.

College park does have a bowling alley - it's on campus! However, the city as a whole is terrible. VERY few bars, and the roads are in worse shape than in some developing countries i've been to.

As for this weekend - Bad Decisions tonight, 80's party at my place sat for my roommate's birthday. I don't have the heart to tell him how hackneyed the 80s theme has become

Cheese, People live in the city to be close to their jobs, but the restaurants and bars are the reason the property values are what they are. People, who live in the county come to Federal Hill to eat and drink. If they like it, they think about moving hear. If I could afford it, I would live in Fed Hill as well, unfortunately I have to live in Pigtown where there are no bars and restaurants. However, the day will come when Pigtown has them, hopefully, and the property values will rise cause of them. Restaurants and bars are an attractive quality when moving to an area.

In State College for the PSU game this weekend. The scene up here blows College Park outta the water.

College Park is pure evil. The sooner we all come to recognize that, the better off we all are.

Déjà vu College Park

Sam hit the nail on the head when it comes to the city of College Park and its government. The people in charge can't stand students, the college, etc., and think that they've ruined their quiet neighborhood. Without the school, College Park would look a lot more like Langley Park.

Although based on reports I heard when I was in school, if you have enough money and "know" the right people, you can get a bar opened.

Bob, "know" in the biblical sense?

Haha, maybe that would work too, but I was referring to the monetary sense.

The same guy owns C-Stone, Santa Fe and I think Thirsty Turtle. He must "know" all the members on City Council.

He's failed to install a required sprinkler system at Santa Fe for 3 years, and the City Council/anyone has yet to do anything about it. He also gets special exemptions on the liquor to food ratio that no one else in town gets.

The students need to run that guy out of town in order to get a fair shake in their college town...

Also, BOOOOOO on the tailgate police that were wandering around during the home opener last weekend. We had to resort to water pong, and about 2/3 of the lot where the students usually tailgate was roped off. I'm a second generation Terp, but I'm on the verge of becoming a WVU fan just for a better tailgate.

Again, College Park = evil.

"Bob, "know" in the biblical sense?"
"and "know" the right people, you can get a bar opened."

that has been known to work

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