Monthly Archives: July 2009
Comments Off on ACT Offers Transit Alternative to 270 Expansion
The Action Committee for Transit, a Friends of White Flint member, has offered comments to the Maryland State Highway Administration on the proposed I-270 Corridor study. The letter responds to the $3.8 billion proposal approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board.
ACT proposes four alternative steps which it says could provide the same capacity for moving people through transit as the Planning Board proposal does through the 270 expansion:
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- Extend the Metro Red Line to Germantown;
- Expand the MARC Commuter Rail service to an all-day, both directions rail transit system;
- Redevelop Rockville Pike along the lines of the proposed Glatting Jackson cross-section along more of the Pike, not just in White Flint (note: ACT, unlike the Friends of White Flint position on the Pike, proposes light rail instead of Vehicular/Bus Rapid Transit); and
- Build the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) as a light rail up to Clarksburg.
Comments Off on Tragedy strikes White Flint family
Pictures of White Flint, old and new, show asphalt and glass towers, but it is people and families that animate the community. Some of the stories that illuminate the families break your heart.
Jan Taylor Weeks, an artist, and Linton Weeks, a former Washington Post and current NPR journalist, are typical of the middle-class families who live just west of the Sector boundaries.… Read More
Comments Off on More construction news
Media reports indicate that a portion of the Montrose Parkway underpass to Rockville Pike is reaching completion. Expect traffic shifts in the near future.
Signs have gone up on Nicholson Lane between Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Rd. warning of upcoming repaving “soon.” Some of the lanes on this major road are more hole than pavement.… Read More
Comments Off on Water Tunnel Blasting to Begin
In the wake of recent repair work on the sinkhole over the big water main under Tilden Lane (the same size and age as the one which broke under River Road last year), the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is beginning a new, even larger water main project. The new 84-inch water tunnel will carry 100 million gallons of water every day, mainly to Prince Georges County.… Read More
Comments Off on Auto Fixation
Today’s Tom Toles cartoon in the Washington Post captures one of the problems New Urbanism – the philosophy behind Friends of White Flint and the new White Flint Sector Plan – hopes to cure: the American fixation with the automobile as the sole means of transit.
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Comments Off on Wells-Harley Newest Member of Planning Board
The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the White Flint Sector Plan on July 16, 2009, the last day in office for Commissioner John Robinson, who has been actively involved in developing the Plan for more than three years. Robinson’s term had actually expired, but the County Council, which is now reviewing the Plan, held his term open to retain his expertise.… Read More
Comments Off on Gazette Article on Approval of White Flint Plan
Today’s Gazette newspaper has an article on the Planning Board’s approval of the White Flint Sector Plan. Ken Hurdle, Secretary for the Board of Friends of White Flint, is quoted in the article in support of the Plan. The White Flint Community Coalition is cited as being “disappointed” in the Plan.… Read More
Comments Off on Schedule Change for White Flint Town Hall
The date of the upcoming White Flint Town Hall has been changed to September 23.
Friends of White Flint will host the White Flint Town Hall on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 7PM. The Town Hall will be held in the auditorium of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Rockville Pike, across the street from the White Flint Metro Station.… Read More
Today’s Washington Post has an article on yesterday’s Montgomery County Planning Board actions. The article is sometimes odd and distorted, as in suggesting that the new White Flint “could be larger than Tysons Corner;” since Tysons Corner is four times larger than the White Flint area, that seems unlikely. (for clarification – here are the numbers: Tyson’s will be between 100 million and 150 million square feet of commercial development vs a total in White Flint of 13 million sf of commercial development at total build out. … Read More
Comments Off on CR Zone moves forward
One of the many moving parts involved in the effort to make a new White Flint is the creation of a new type of incentive-based zoning system, called the Commercial/Residential (“CR”) Zone. Earlier FLOG posts yesterday describe the CR Zone in more detail. The CR Zone was approved yesterday by the Montgomery County Planning Board, and now moves to the County Council for final enactment.… Read More