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Riemer Asks: How Is Our Nightlife?

by Aaron Kraut — August 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm 194 3 Comments

Hans Riemer, Flickr photo via mdfriendofhillaryMontgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer is asking about what’s missing from the county’s nightlife scene with an online poll included in his email newsletter distributed Tuesday.

Riemer (D-At large) has taken a lead role in the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force, the group of residents, business owners and government officials charged with recommending improvements that will help Montgomery attract younger people.

In March, he hosted a forum with the Montgomery County Young Democrats that focused on housing affordability in the county and how that factored in to D.C.’s and Arlington’s apparent advantage in attracting Millennials.

From the email newsletter:

Here is why this is so important: thanks to our great school system and highly educated residents, we have some of the most talented and capable young people in the country. But providing them with economic and social opportunities that are enough to keep them here in Montgomery County is a challenge that today we are not fully meeting. Statistics show that our county has among the region’s lowest share of young adults, many of whom are highly skilled knowledge workers.

Areas like Silver Spring, Wheaton, Bethesda, Germantown, Rockville and more are good opportunities for us to focus on providing walkable, safe dining and entertainment districts that will attract young workers and strengthen our economy.

Of course, great options for dining and entertainment will appeal to people from just about any generation.

Do you have a great idea that we should consider, or just a thought to share on this topic? I’d love to hear it. Please email me at councilmember.riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov and please take the poll I have designed to help me understand your perspective on these issues.

Flickr photo via mdfriendofhillary

  • MechanicalTurk

    I am all for increasing the nightlife, I just don’t want Bethesda to turn into Adams Morgan.

  • Gull

    I think there is a huge difference between the 21-25 year old crowd that is often making a scene in Adams Morgan, and the 25-40 year old crowd that I think (or at least I am hoping) is targeted in this push.

  • randlepatrick

    Meanwhile… the fact that a Cheesecake Factory is moving from one generic depressing mall to another generic depressing mall is considered news in Bethesda. That’s going to really draw that hip crowd.

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