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: January 2013

A Very Happy Hour!

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Nearly one-hundred people came out to talk about the future of White Flint at a happy hour Tuesday evening co-hosted by the Friends of White Flint and the Coalition for Smarter Growth at Seasons 52 on Rockville Pike.

Lindsay Hoffman, from Friends of White Flint, and Kelly Blynn, from Coalition for Smarter Growth, greet the crowd.

Lindsay Hoffman, from Friends of White Flint, and Kelly Blynn, from Coalition for Smarter Growth, greet the crowd.

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Do You Know Our WalkScore?

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On WalkScore.com, visitors are encouraged to live where they can get around in a healthy way – by walking!  There are broad benefits to getting out of your car, including lower weight and healthier bodies, cleaner air from reduced emissions and less money spent on gas and maintenance.

In an effort to guide home-seekers toward more compact and walkable neighborhoods, WalkScore developed an algorithm to calculate walkability based on the distances to various amenities.…

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The County is Listening… (And So Are We)

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Montgomery County Government wants to hear your ideas!  To collect them, the County has launched engageMontgomery, where you (yes, you) can submit suggestions and ideas for improving our community.  Read the input of others, add comments of your own, upload photos to make your point and vote on ideas you like best.  …

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If America is a Walking Disaster, Let’s Make White Flint a Walking Success

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Walking is the most primitive form of transportation.  Perhaps that’s why those who choose to do it are often assigned the lowest priority by community planners. But, when a car is required to get around, where does that leave folks who can’t afford or choose not to use one?

The Atlantic Cities has recently published an excellent piece, “America is a Walking Disaster,” which delves into the problems with car-centric thinking.  …

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White Flint’s future is more than “hip”

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White Flint today. Photo by the author.

Next week, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Friends of White Flint are hosting a happy hour on how to “make the suburbs hip.” While that might conjure images of trying to jury-rig H Street on Rockville Pike, the transformation of White Flint goes much further than that.…

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Join FoWF at Happy Hour on January 29th!

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 What comes to mind when you think about making the suburbs “hip?”   Whether it’s shifting land use patterns, investing in transit or other ideas you’ve conjured yourself for a reimagined Montgomery County in the 21st Century – we want to hear them!  Over a drink!

 Here are the details:

Tuesday, January 29th at 5:30pm

Seasons 52 in White Flint, 11414 Rockville Pike.  

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White Flint Mall Site Preparing for Change

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The redevelopment of White Flint Mall is a big piece of the sector plan pie.  The Gazette recently reported on what’s happening now:  http://www.gazette.net/article/20130119/NEWS/130118998/1022/retailers-face-uncertainty-as-white-flint-mall-prepares-to-shut-down&template=gazette

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Transportation Funding is a Hot Button Issue

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Transportation funding is the hot button issue engaging lawmakers of late.  They’ve had a summit in Annapolis and are considering various ways to raise revenue but no solutions have yet been agreed upon.  It looks like lots of options are on the table – read more at Bethesda Now: http://www.bethesdanow.com/2013/01/17/county-council-searches-for-transportation-funding-options/.…

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Bike Maryland’s 16th Annual Bicycle Symposium – February 27, 2013

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Bike lanes and bike-share are at the heart of White Flint.  In fact, one of the enumerated aims of the Sector Plan is to “improve the pedestrian and bicycling environment.”  But, there’s a lot of room to grow on both of those points.  The State and County are responsible for road improvements around White Flint that will incorporate bike and shared-use lanes but most are yet to be funded.  …

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East Village promises “heterogeneity, surprise” for White Flint

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Bird's-eye view of East Village at North Bethesda Gateway. Rockville Pike is at the bottom.

Bird’s-eye view of East Village at North Bethesda Gateway. Rockville Pike is at the bottom. Images from Foulger-Pratt.

UPDATE: We’ve added images courtesy of Foulger-Pratt of the current proposal for East Village and the former design for comparison.

The White Flint Sector Plan envisions Rockville Pike as a grand boulevard with tall buildings.…

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