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 2010

Upcoming Dist. 1 Candidates Debate

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Maryland primary elections will be held on Sept. 14. If you haven’t received a sample ballot by now, you probably should verify that you’re registered to vote.

Various organizations are holding a series of debates around Montgomery County on a variety of topics. Next Thursday, Sept. 2, the Randolph Civic Association (www.randolphcivic.org) will host the third of three debates between major Democratic candidates for the District One Council seat.…

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Um . . . What?

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Regular readers will remember that I’m no great fan of County Executive Ike Leggett’s views on White Flint. He and I have had direct conversations on this. I disagree with his promotion of the County Dept. of Transportation’s automobile-centric approach over pedestrian safety and sustainability. I think he is LONG overdue (like, a year) in presenting a plan for financing White Flint’s needed infrastructure.…

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“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”

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(Robert Frost)

A lively discussion on the invaluable blog Greater Greater Washington about the wall in the middle of Marinelli Rd. between the White Flint Metro Station and the headquarters of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (a Friends of White Flint member). The wall blocks people coming out of the Metro Station from going straight across the street into the NRC.…

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Report from Stakeholders Meeting on Residents’ Tax

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Winning the War, Before the Battle Begins – Condo Owners Not Taxed

White Flint District Meeting, August 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. 

Call it effective activism, being ahead of the ‘curve, or common sense prevails, but on Wednesday morning last week, a group of residential property owner representatives and interested citizens joined the regular group of primarily commercial property owners and the County representatives at the White Flint District meeting.…

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White Flint Sector Plan on the correct road to pedestrian safety

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NEW URBAN NEWS  Volume 15, Number 5 – July/August 2010

To save lives, shift from arterial roads

Arterial roads – especially those with heavy traffic volumes, high speeds, and strip commercial developments such as big-box stores – are undermining Americans’ safety. The extent of the danger was investigated recently by Eric Dumbaugh and Wenhao Li of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M.…

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JBG’s Eurostyle Plaza

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Much of tonight’s “sketch plan” presentation was dominated by the usual talk of “massing,” parking and density. The sketch plan process is brand new, part of the C-R (Commercial-Residential) Zone process; this is the third sketch plan presentation, after the Eisinger-Fitzgerald-Nicholson Lane and Mid-Pike Plaza presentations last month. The process requires the project to be publicly discussed before the plans move to the Planning Board for review.…

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JBG to Unveil Sketch of No. Bethesda Market

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The new 26-story tower and Whole Foods rising on Rockville Pike across from White Flint Mall are only the first phase of JBG Companies’ North Bethesda Market project. The second and third phases are expected to include the buildings to the north, bordering Nicholson Lane and across Woodglen to the water tower block.…

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Nominees for White Flint Advisory Committee

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Nominations are now closed for the White Flint Advisory Committee. According to White Flint planner Nkosi Yearwood, nineteen nominations were received before the deadline. The Planning Board has said it expects to appoint 18 to the Committee in late September or October.

Most of the names are quite familiar from the four-year effort to craft and pass the White Flint Sector Plan (which makes sense, since the call for nominations asked for people with experience and knowledge to help ensure the success of the Plan).…

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Candidate Responses to Questions

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‘Tis the season, just before the Maryland primary, and candidate questionaires are in full bloom. Two in particular caught my eye — from Action Committee on Transit and Citizens League of Montgomery County, just released today:

Citizens League: http://www.mococitizens.org/report/2010-voter-guide.

Note that most candidates discuss White Flint, usually as an example of how development should be sustainable and transit-oriented.…

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Noticed Anything Odd Lately?

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Have you noticed the FLOG acting a little oddly recently — that is, more odd than the usual assortment of posts by strange people like me? It’s not your imagination. We have not started running ads, and especially not for on-line casinos and fake pharmaceutical sales.

The FLOG has grown rapidly in the last year, and we average about 5,000 “unique visitors” a week.…

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