Jul 26, 2014
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Can Silver Spring Nightlife Compete with Hanging in DC?

A 'nighttime economy' task force is just a fancy way for county officials to say they want Silver Spring to be 'cooler' after dark.

Can Silver Spring Nightlife Compete with Hanging in DC?

Only in Montgomery County do elected officials study how to get people to have fun.

But, in Montgomery County, an official task force has been assembled—of local business people, no less—to spot trends in the county's "nighttime economy." That's just a fancy way of saying "how people get out and go out (and spend money) at night." 

Now, the answer to the following question may very well be lodged in the former paragraph, but WUSA9 took to the streets on a recent weekend to ask young, trendy people where they'd rather hang out: Bethesda or Adams Morgan in DC?

"It's a different kind of nightlife here [in Bethesda], it's more low-key, mellow," said Tiffany Moy, who lives in Silver Spring. "Adams Morgan is like crazy like college kids."

That's exactly what County Executive Isiah Leggett may be banking on in his attempt to highlight the "multigenerational" aspect of Montgomery County. 

“A thriving nighttime economy is an opportunity to enhance Montgomery’s attractiveness to all generations, businesses and visitors," Leggett said in a statement. "In its first phase, the focus will be on Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown and Wheaton.”

What do you think: Is Silver Spring as fun to go out in as the neighborhoods in DC? 

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