July 13: The Longest Climb, Seoul Food & Bass Beats
Our fantastic MCEDC summer interns are on the go once more. They are exploring different parts of our fascinating county, and reporting back with first impressions, anecdotes and photos to help us tell the great story of Montgomery County.
Anna Wright is grad student studying Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Claudia Elzey is a grad student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying City & Regional Planning. They join us through the Montgomery County Council’s new 10-week Summer Associates program, a collaboration among the Council, the Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight, and MCEDC.
On July 13, a day before Bastille Day, they head to Wheaton.
Pop-Up #4: Wheaton, July 13, 2017
Five quick takes
Longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere. While most metro stations are functional spaces to move quickly from one train to the next, Wheaton’s station has its own claim to fame: a 230-foot escalator – the longest in the Western Hemisphere. So, of course we had to time the trip. The journey took us two minutes and fifty-six seconds, to be exact.
Foreign languages abound. Wheaton is an incredibly diverse community. Only about half of the businesses post signs in English – all others were written in Spanish, Korean, Amharic, Chinese, and more. Being in Wheaton truly gives off a global vibe.
Seoul food at a gas station? Yes, you’ll find it in Wheaton! We treated ourselves to a delicious, fast, and affordable meal at Seoul Food. The cozy restaurant may be housed in a gas station, but you could easily forget this with the cafe’s clean and snug atmosphere. Seoul Food offers vegan dishes alongside its meat dishes, and much of their food is sourced locally. Anna chowed down on their spicy bibimbap, while Claudia devoured the kimchi tofu bowl.
Music store with allure. We round off our quick tour of Wheaton with a stop at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center. The family-owned operation (since 1958) was packed with an impressive array of pianos, guitars, basses, and percussion instruments. We wandered through the strings section and enjoyed the wide variety of instruments on display. After our musical stop, we learn that Chuck’s is a DC institution, and famous musicians galore have made a point to stop in.
Development and transition. We couldn’t help but notice the changing skyline of Wheaton. The Arts & Entertainment district is growing and brightly colored murals liven up the area. Outside the metro station were several construction projects that had just broken ground, and a few new tall apartment complexes rise above the one-story shops that line Wheaton’s streets.