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


Monthly Archives: August 2009

“North Bethesda” vs. “White Flint”

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Today’s Gazette has an article on the continuing (and sometimes quite heated) debate over the name of the area north of Grosvenor and south of Rockville. Some people call it “North Bethesda,” citing long-term useage and real estate listings. Others insist on “White Flint,” pointing to the Metro station, and the fact that “North Bethesda” is also used in Grosvenor and Rock Springs to the south and west of White Flint.…

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Walkability: A Weighty Topic?

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OK, we strive for balance at the FLOG, so now that we’ve posted an article on how walkability increases home values in the area (see below), we must search for one on why walkability is a bad idea. Coincidentally, the always-perspicacious Jen Beasley at the Gazette has offered us just that point.…

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Walkability Raises Home Values

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One of the criticisms raised about the new White Flint Sector Plan is that the Plan is designed to help people who aren’t even there yet, at the expense of people who already live there. Leaving aside the question of whether that’s true, a new article is being circulated in e-mails about how New Urbanism walkable communities actually help those already nearby.…

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New Website on White Flint Town Hall

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Friends of White Flint is sponsoring the White Flint Town Hall on September 23, 2009, at 7PM (doors open at 6:30PM). The Town Hall will be held at the NRC Auditorium. Planning Board Chairman Dr. Royce Hanson will present the White Flint Sector Plan, and former Planning Board Vice-Chair John Robinson will moderate the discussion.…

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Broad Coalition Supports “Sustainable Transportation Corridor”

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A broad coalition of organizations, including the Sierra Club, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, and Friends of White Flint, has asked Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to designate Rockville Pike as a “Sustainable Transportation Corridor.” Earlier the City of Rockville also asked the Governor for this designation.

STC designation would permit intergovernmental cooperation between local governments and Metro, and would prioritize the Pike for funding and other government support.…

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Every day, a pedestrian in MoCo is struck by a car

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Shocking statistics from the Montgomery County Police Department, reported in today’s Sentinel:

  • At least 14 times a year, a pedestrian in Montgomery County is struck and killed by a car.
  • At least 430 times a year, a pedestrian in Montgomery County is struck by a car.
  • That last figure counts only those accidents where the parties call police.
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I-270 Debate Heats Up. Make Driving “Easier” or is Transit Better?

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As the hot, sticky summer weather broke a bit this morning, the debate over mobility in the northern part of Montgomery County heated back up. The debate boils down to whether transit or the automobile should be the centerpiece of the project.

The big question is whether the County Council will vote, tentatively scheduled for Sept.…

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The Passing of a Giant

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Yesterday, the White Flint area, and the world, lost a towering figure. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88, Stanford graduate, former social worker in penitentiaries, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan, was best-known for her life-long efforts on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (from Facebook)

Her home for many years was “Timberlawn,” just off Rockville Pike in White Flint, down Edson Lane.…

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