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: February 2013

Walkability App for Your Phone

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We’ve written before about  Walk Score, which quantifies how walkable streets and cities are. Now, you may be able to see how walkable different places are with the new phone app Walkonomics.

Walkonomics was created by UK resident Adam Davies, who rates walkability based on 8 factors: road safety, ease of crossing the street, quality of pavement/sidewalks, hilliness, ease of navigation, fear of crime, the beauty of the street and if a street is “fun and relaxing.”

The Walkonomics app was just recently released, and, probably owing to its UK origins, we couldn’t find too much information on the streets around us.…

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Signs of nightlife on Rockville Pike

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This is in Bethesda, but White Flint will be there soon. Photo by ehpien on Flickr.

If you’re planning a night out, you might naturally gravitate towards Bethesda, Silver Spring or the District. But what about here in White Flint? As it turns out, you could do worse than spending your evening on Rockville Pike.…

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More transportation funding in Maryland means a stronger economy

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Traffic on the Capital Beltway near Kensington. Photo by magandafille on Flickr.

Improving Maryland’s transportation network isn’t just about being “green,” or even moving people and goods. It’s about supporting our regional economy, and a small increase in the gas tax can go a long way.

Earlier this week, University of Maryland Diamondback columnist Andrew Do argued that increasing Maryland’s gas tax would be a “burden” and a “punishment” on drivers.…

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Coalition for Smarter Growth Speaks Out on Rapid Transit

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth has released the following regarding Rapid Transit in Montgomery County:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21st, 2013

Contacts:  Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth, (703) 599-6437

 

Montgomery Planners Propose 78-Mile Rapid Transit system 

Today, Montgomery County planning staff present to the Planning Board a 78-mile version of the proposed Rapid Transit System, based on several months of data-driven modeling and analysis. …

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Informal poll suggests people like the name “White Flint”

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On Tuesday, we talked about a new effort by the White Flint Partnership to find a new “brand” for the White Flint area. We also had an informal, completely non-scientific and non-binding poll of some serious (and not-so-serious) new names for White Flint. With 78 responses, here are our results:

Results of our informal poll about the rebranding of White Flint.

Results of our informal poll about the rebranding of White Flint.

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Walkable Neighborhoods Promote Healthy Economy

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We’ve noted on this blog that walkable neighborhoods promote healthy bodies, a healthy environment, and a healthy lifestyle through the lifespan.  But, did you know that walkable neighborhoods also promote a healthy… economy?  A recent New York City study has found that more attractive walking options nearly tripled retail sales at local small businesses.…

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FoWF Annual/Board Meeting Agenda for 2/21/13

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The Friends of White Flint Board of Directors will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  The evening’s agenda can be found by following this link: Feb-21-2013-Brd-Agenda.   The Resolution proposed in item XI can be found here: Resolution to amend the bylaws to clarify a directors term.…

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“Great Hopes for Hipness” in White Flint

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Last Saturday’s Washington Post article “Montgomery County looks to get hip” announced that various county officials are looking into ways to make Montgomery appeal to the Millennial Generation/Generation Y, and White Flint is seen as an important asset.

The author explains, “The county has great hopes for hipness in the massive White Flint redevelopment along Rockville Pike.…

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What’s in a name? White Flint rebranding effort seeks to find out

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Today it’s the name of a mall, but could it become the name of a neighborhood as well?

When Ben Harris and his wife moved from Logan Circle in DC to an apartment off of Rockville Pike in 2011, he didn’t know what to call his new neighborhood.

“I was telling people where I live and they would ask ‘What neighborhood is that?'” he says.…

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