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 2010

White Flint to boost health and help the environment? Experts say yes.

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Plan to Reduce Sprawl will Boost Health, EnvironmentBy Andres Duany and Jeff Speck

Saturday, October 16, 2010

From the billboard, a young woman’s face smiles at us against a leafy background. Scrawled across the image in a jaunty white script is a promise: “I will leave the car at home more.” The logo in the lower right-hand corner: Chevron.…

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Reminder: At-Large Councilmember Debate TONIGHT at 7:30 at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria

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Just a reminder that the Citizens League of Montgomery County is holding a public forum and debate between all eight candidates for the At-Large seats on the County Council (both Republican and Democratic) tonight, starting at 7:30PM in the cafeteria (first floor) of the Executive Office Building in Rockville. More information.  …

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Friends of White Flint Draft Statement on Financing Options

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Friends of White Flint uses an open and public policy development process for major organizational positions and testimony. At its Board of Directors meeting Monday night (which was also open to the public), the FoWF Board decided on a position concerning the desireable mechanisms for financing the infrastructure needed to implement the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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North Bethesda Market Delivers

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The JBG Companies is thrilled to be reaching completion on North Bethesda Market, a 650,000 SF mixed-use project 2 blocks from the White Flint Metro station.  North Bethesda Market offers 397 residences in two distinct buildings, a 24-story hi-rise and a 6-story mid-rise with abundant ground floor retail.

The apartments are now leasing, and the first residents moved in last weekend. 

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TOD Database

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Transit Oriented Database Launched

 

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) launched a first-of-its-kind online database to provide access to comprehensive information about more than 4,000 transit zones across the United States. The web tool will help developers, investors, and city officials make planning decisions that take advantage of development opportunities around transit nodes.

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White Flint Partnership: Bridge the Financing Gap

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On September 24, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett finally sent the County Council his proposals to finance infrastructure needed under the White Flint Sector Plan. Jaws dropped in White Flint. The Executive’s letter and the White Flint Partnership’s lightning-quick response are linked here.

Last night, having had more time to digest the proposal and discuss the problems with the County Council, the Partnership sent the Council another, more detailed letter with three attachments: a PowerPoint presentation explaining the financing numbers and issues; a copy of its Sept.…

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Why Does George Leventhal Hate White Flint??

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At last week’s County Council hearing on Development Coordination Bill 1-10, Councilmember-at-Large George Leventhal was vociferous in his opposition to legislation providing for a central point-of-contact for large-scale projects such as White Flint (or the Gaithersburg Science Corridor, or????).  His stated objection was that “what makes White Flint special???”.

Serious followers of the FLOG and the entire Master Plan process understand that the redevelopment plans for the White Flint Sector are both innovative and forward-thinking – but involve cross-departmental coordination and a willingness to reach beyond narrow agency org charts and artificial boundaries to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from business, civic and governmental interests.…

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Reminder: Friends of White Flint Board Meeting Monday 4:30PM

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Just a reminder: Friends of White Flint will hold a Board of Directors meeting tomorrow, Oct. 18, at 4:30PM, at the offices of Federal Realty Investment Trust, 1626 E. Jefferson, Rockville. The main topic of discussion will be FoWF’s position on proposals to finance needed infrastructure for the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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This Wednesday, Citizens League Offers Only At-Large Candidates Forum

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The Citizens League of Montgomery County, www.mococitizens.org, will host a candidates forum for the At-Large County Council seats this Weds, Oct. 20, in the Executive Office Building cafeteria (first floor of the building). All four Republican and Democratic candidates will participate. The forum will begin at 7:30PM and run until 9PM.…

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Missing Link in Pedestrian Deaths

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Today’s Washington Post has a very good article by Ashley Halsey III on “Few Common Themes in Pedestrian Deaths.” The article reports on similarities between recent fatal pedestrian accidents throughout the D.C. area.

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(Near the site of Sunday’s fatal accident on Rockville Pike)

Although overall highway fatalities are substantially down over the last 50 years, the result of better automobile engineering, the levels of pedestrian deaths from car impacts “has inched down stubbornly.” You just can’t engineer stronger people.…

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