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: October 2009

Redeveloping Parking Lots as a Pedestrian Safety Initiative?

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Add pedestrian safety to the long list of reasons why it’s time for Montgomery County to redevelop its surface parking lots.  According to data released Thursday, 22% of pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots!

See article below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/28/AR2009102803314.html

Greg Trimmer…

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Tyson’s Corner requires $15 Billion in infrastructure – White Flint only $500 Million

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Below is a link to an article in today’s Post about Tyson’s.  The planners project a need for $15 Billion (yes that is Billion) in infrastructure over the life of the plan to fund infrastructure.  As most of you know White Flint requires only about $500 Million plus some operating costs of approximately $400 million according to the County Executive and the plan creates $7 Billion in NET new tax revenue for the County.  

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Coalition for Smarter Growth Promotes White Flint Plan

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth, www.smartergrowth.net, is a group of local, regional and national environmental and civic organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council, Audubon Naturalist Society, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Surface Transportation Policy Project, who have been very active in the development of the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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Whew! Council Finishes Public Hearings on WF Plan

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Last night the Montgomery County Council finished its public hearings on the White Flint Sector Plan proposed by the Planning Board. Almost 90 witnesses testified to the Council, in panels of six, with statements limited to three minutes apiece.

The public hearings began on Tuesday, with representatives of many organizations, including Friends of White Flint, presenting views to the Council.…

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White Flint is now….Award Winning!

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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association announced their 2009 winners, and White Flint was named the Outstanding large-scale Plan for 2009!

Planners,Below is a list of the award winners and honorable mentions for the 2009 Maryland Chapter Awards.

However, before you see the winners, a few remarks….

My original plan was to call all of the award winners and honorable mentions personally prior to sending this email and congratulate them for their efforts. …

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“Smart Growth” is tough in Montgomery County

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Montgomery County has a justifiable reputation as a liberal, innovative county, where taxes are high and so are services. The level of education and civic involvement is very high, and the County is a poster child for the concept of “paralysis by analysis.” Once in a while, however, something crops up which prompts a blink, if not a gasp.…

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Glatting Jackson Mobility White Paper

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Glatting Jackson is the internationally-reknowned transportation and walkability consultant whose design guides the new street network plan in the White Flint Sector Plan. Glatting Jackson also designed the “Transitway Option” for Rockville Pike, placing a dedicated transitway in the median of the renovated Pike.

Glatting Jackson Rockville Pike section

Now Glatting Jackson has issued a “white paper” discussing various concerns about transportation and mobility issues in White Flint, including those suggested by the October 5 letter from County Executive Isiah Leggett.…

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President Obama Visits White Flint-area School

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Monday, President Obama paid a surprise visit to Viers Mill Elementary School, which serves the Randolph Hills community in White Flint. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/viersmilles/ Earlier the President attended parent-teacher conferences at his daughters’ schools in Bethesda and Washington D.C.

President Obama at Viers Mill Elementary

According to MSNBC, the President said he visited the school to “congratulate the students and teachers on their hard work.…

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Gazette Article on Council Deliberations

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Jen Beasley, who covers the White Flint Sector Plan for the Gazette newspaper has written a story on last night’s Montgomery County Council public hearings and some other prior discussions of the Plan.

At stake is the future of the area surrounding the White Flint Metro, where county planners have recommended transforming mini-malls and asphalt parking lots into a more vibrant community of mixed use residential, commercial and retail space.

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