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Old 01-12-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Macao
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What separates Silver Spring as different from PG?

They are right next to each other. SS isa little more affordable than everything else immediately surrounding DC itself for PG itself.

What is it that seems to separate SS from PG? Is it that it is just slightly more expensive? I mean, from my understanding, SS is a decent acceptable place to live for many people, whereas PG may have it's spots, but generally seems to have the bad reputation.

What makes SS different? Also, is crime really all that different? Similar types of crime? Or not really?

Lastly, would SS be able to sustain it? Just thinking that SS seems very spread out with many unincorporated areas, and not REALLY a city. So, it seems it would be more difficult for the SS local government to provide the best of services throughout it's region. Or isn't that assessment really correct?
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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Silver Spring is not incorporated as a city. It is a major CBD for Montgomery County that is very large. Silver Spring is way more developed than anything in all of P.G. county. P.G. is very rural in many parts with a lot of forests still. It is far less developed than Montgomery County. There is some crime in Silver Spring but is very safe compared to P.G.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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As mentioned, Montgomery County provides the services. SS is not a real city. I used to live in Beltsville (PG) near MC line). The one thing that separates SS from PG, IMO, is the schools.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Macao
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The one thing that separates SS from PG, IMO, is the schools.
That's kind of interesting. I mean, seeing that DC and I believe PG as well, are known for not having good schools. How does MoCo deliver on that?

I mean, Bethesda/Rockville makes sense because of all of the money there....does it just get distributed county-wise?

Also from the previous post, MoCo takes care of everything that happens in MoCo. So, schools are under that umbrella, and I guess policing, all the squad cars have MoCo on them, as opposed to Silver Spring or whatsoever else.

Just trying to get a better sense of the area, thanks in advance!
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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That's kind of interesting. I mean, seeing that DC and I believe PG as well, are known for not having good schools. How does MoCo deliver on that?

I mean, Bethesda/Rockville makes sense because of all of the money there....does it just get distributed county-wise?

Also from the previous post, MoCo takes care of everything that happens in MoCo. So, schools are under that umbrella, and I guess policing, all the squad cars have MoCo on them, as opposed to Silver Spring or whatsoever else.

Just trying to get a better sense of the area, thanks in advance!
The cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville have their own police force and are supported by some Montgomery county police. Every other part of the county only have Montgomery County police because they aren't real cities. The only incorporated cities in Moco are Gaithersburg and Rockville.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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The heart of Silver Spring is dense. It has its own skyline. If it was incorporated, it would be the second largest city in the state (or 3rd behind Columbia depending on where you draw the line.) Much of the Silver Spring PO is suburban, but don't confuse the surrounding burbs with the urban core.

I also believe it borders a decent part of DC which differentiates it from PG, which borders mostly SE.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I also believe it borders a decent part of DC which differentiates it from PG, which borders mostly SE.
PG also borders a considerable part of NE DC.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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That's kind of interesting. I mean, seeing that DC and I believe PG as well, are known for not having good schools. How does MoCo deliver on that?

I mean, Bethesda/Rockville makes sense because of all of the money there....does it just get distributed county-wise?

Also from the previous post, MoCo takes care of everything that happens in MoCo. So, schools are under that umbrella, and I guess policing, all the squad cars have MoCo on them, as opposed to Silver Spring or whatsoever else.

Just trying to get a better sense of the area, thanks in advance!
Montgomery has one of the top school systems in the US. Schools in the western parts are generally better, but the ones in the eastern portion (SS) aren't too far behind.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring,Maryland
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Montgomery County schools has high expectations of its students. Now I live in the eastern side and it "feels" similar to the outer part of PG county but the county does a good job with its services. The parents come out and support the schools and I've heard from teachers in PG that parental involvement is not close to where it should be.

IMO there is some neglect on the east side but it's up to us taxpayers to make sure we show up at county meetings and fight for our neighborhoods and schools.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, DE
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How does MoCo deliver on that?
Easy its a majority white county and one of the most affluent in the country.
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