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: December 2010

Upcoming Meetings in Early January

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The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board will meet jointly with the County’s Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee on Thursday, January 6, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The meeting will focus on local community pedestrian safety concerns. The meeting will be held in the BCC Regional Service Center at 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda (big building at corner of Old Georgetown and Wisconsin by the Bethesda Metro station).…

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Automatic Parking in Budapest

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Montgomery County Planning Director Rollin Stanley is fond of discussing automatic parking systems which stack cars vertically, like a gigantic vending machine. Here’s another option from Budapest, showing a narrow town square which has been “reclaimed” by putting parking below ground, but with a much more sophisticated automatic parking system.

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Cycling on a Roll in the District

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Today’s Washington Post Metro Section headlines the continuing growth of commuting by bicycle. Jim Sebastian, cycling coordinator for the District of Columbia, told the Post: “This is not bicycling for the sake of bicycling,” he said. “We view bicycling as part of our transportation system, like the Circulator [bus service] and Metrorail.…

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What Would YOU Do?

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With the approval of the White Flint Sector Plan and the first, tentative steps on the long path to a walkable, sustainable, transit-oriented community, the Friends of White Flint Board of Directors has decided to revamp its on-line offerings.

Friends of White Flint’s main goal is to provide information to the White Flint community.…

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Who’s On First?

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Is there a little bit of confusion about White Flint planning?

Throughout the Montgomery County Planning Board’s and Council’s considerations of the White Flint Sector Plan, it was a given that there would be intense monitoring of the progress of the Plan. Monitoring, among other things, gives residents the confidence that infrastructure will match development.…

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“I’m Dreaming of a White [Flint] Christmas”

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OK, so it isn’t much snow, but it’s enough to cause people to worry. At lunch today, a cashier at Trader Joe’s was quite worried, asking everyone coming through the door whether Montgomery County was closing schools early. The answer, as of now, is no.

County Executive Ike Leggett blasted out a letter with a new County brochure about snow.…

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CLATR On the Rooftops

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(Sigh, yes, that obvious holiday cliche was used last night, and I apologize for repeating it)

White Flint Implementation Committee Meeting, December 13, 2010

At its second meeting last night, the new White Flint Implementation Committee heard from Dan Hardy, head of “Vision” and transportation planner extraordinaire for the Montgomery Planning Board, about transportation issues in the new White Flint and the new CLATR transportation review process.…

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Hoffman, Freishtat Elected Co-Chairs of White Flint Implementation Committee

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At its second meeting last night, the new White Flint Implementation Committee (which seems to be the new working title) elected two co-chairs, one from the residential communities in White Flint and one from the business community.

Dan Hoffman, a young activist who is well-known in County government circles, will be the residential Co-Chair; Hoffman is a member of the County’s Structural Review Commission, which will soon report on ways the County can save money and improve services, Chair of the new Citizens League of Montgomery County, set up to get more young and diverse residents involved in County activities, and a long-time activist from the Randolph Civic Association, the largest residential community group in White Flint.  …

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Huge News from County Executive

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At least it is if you’re from Minneapolis.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1 p.m.

Executive Office Building

Chief Administrative Officer’s Conference Room, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will announce the launch of a new, online tool that will make it easier for residents to decide when to safely venture out following a snowstorm. …

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Recycling Lights Up Whitman Parking Lot

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Cold. Rain. Redskins going down against Tampa Bay. Not a lot of publicity.

All the elements were there for an epic fail when Montgomery County and Bethesda Green teamed up for an electronics recycling day on Sunday.

So here’s just a little of the constant traffic in the Whitman High School parking lot about an hour and a half into the four-hour event:

Electronics Recycling Day 12-12-10

That’s a full semi-trailer full of stuff, plus a dozen or more massive boxes full of recycled electronics of all types.…

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