If you've done any driving in central Towson during the past year or two, you can't have missed the construction of Towson Commons, the huge retail-movie-office complex that looms over the intersection of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.
The complex is set to open this month. Local observers, not to mention the property's owners, are anxious to see what kind of draw, if any, Towson Commons will become -- especially with a major competitor, the revitalized Towsontown Center, just a Gucci bag's throw to the north.
There's just one problem. This week, County Councilman Douglas B. Riley's plan to block York Road where it meets Joppa Road and Allegheny Avenue in Towson has taken effect. For the next six months of the experimental traffic change, southbound motorists on York Road will have to turn onto alternate routes to keep driving toward Baltimore.