Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


The Community Wants Old Georgetown Road Designed Per the Sector Plan

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The beauty of the White Flint Sector Plan has always been in the way the entire community has come together to embrace the work being done here.  It’s exciting that, after all this time, we’re still going strong as a community, together.  

Yesterday, we tendered a letter to the County Executive that has been joined and signed by sixteen stakeholders who have been working toward a better White Flint.

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Time For Our Leaders To Walk Across Old Georgetown Road

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That smoke you see rising over White Flint isn’t from (prohibited) autumn leaf burning, it’s the flame war that has erupted over the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s plan to plunk a “commuter thoroughfare” in the middle of the new walkable, sustainable, bikeable White Flint Sector Plan. Of course, like everything MoCo, it’s not that simple, and the flames obscure a significant trust issue that no one’s talking about.

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Pike & Rose Announces More Openings

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As we announced back in August, Del Frisco’s Grille officially opened yesterday at the Pike & Rose development!

In addition, Pike & Rose has recently announced the opening schedule for many of their other stores and restaurants.

Starting in early November 2014, the IPic movie theater will open just in time for the new “Hunger Games” movie.…

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YIMBY’s

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Too often in community activism, we toss around the term “NIMBY” – it stands for “not in my back yard.”  Today, I’m proud to stand among the 179* members of this community who, in twelve hours yesterday, called themselves YIMBY’s!  You sent messages to the county that you want Old Georgetown Road built properly, right in your back yards.

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MCDOT is Sabotaging the Western Workaround

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Friends, we’ve got a problem…  (stay tuned to the end of the post where you can click to take action - or you can click right here).

When the White Flint Sector Plan was adopted in 2010 after years of collaboration between residents, property owners, county officials and civic leaders, it was hailed as a triumph of responsible, sustainable development. Now, however, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is poised to undo years of work by pushing through a design for the western workaround that does not include any of the elements promised to the community by the Sector Plan.

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MoCo Not on TIGER Grant List – But, What Is?

Posted on by Lindsay Hoffman

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Over the course of this year, we’ve told you that Montgomery County has applied for a federal TIGER grant to support Bus Rapid Transit on MD-355 (Rockville Pike).  In a list of awardees announced last week, however, we were not included.

But – I did find the list of winners to be an incredible snapshot of where our country’s transportation infrastructure is headed.

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Biking Infrastructures are Necessary for Sustainable and Engaging Communities

Posted on by Rebecca Hertz

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To make the White Flint sector more walkable and accessible to all types of individuals – pedestrians, cyclists, young, old – supportive pedestrian and bike infrastructure is necessary. Friends of White Flint and our members value biking and walking as alternative forms of transportation.  As we begin to see the White Flint Sector Plan implemented, we want to make sure the values our residents, our community members, and our business owners hold will continue to be part of what is developed.…

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Heads Up on the Sidewalk!

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Even despite our best efforts at advocacy and watchdoggingness (that’s a word, right?), we periodically find that things are not exactly happening according to plan.  By “plan” I mean, the White Flint Sector Plan — that 90+ page document approved by our County’s Council and Planning Department and overwhelmingly supported by the community — which is guiding the suburban retrofit we’ve been working toward.

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Bike Commuting Rate in DC Doubled in Last 4 Years

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The rate of bike commuting in Washington D.C. and NYC has doubled in the last four years. With new biking infrastructure such as Capital Bikeshare, designated/protected bike lanes, buffer zones, and cycle tracks, the occurance of commuting cyclists has increased from 2.2 percent in 2009 to 4.5 percent in 2013 in Washington, D.C.…

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Pedestrian/Bicyclist Advocacy

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Our last Friends of White Flint meeting was focused on pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and ways we can improve them in the short-term.  Although the White Flint Sector Plan does include robust improvements in this realm, we don’t anticipate seeing many of them immediately as they’re parts of larger infrastructure and other redevelopment projects.

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