Monthly Archives: February 2013
Comments Off on Seniors and Safety in the Suburbs
A new study from the Journal of Planning and Education Research suggests that typical suburban neighborhood features may be related to an increased risk of serious injury or death for older adults (75 years or more in this case), both drivers and pedestrians. The abstract states “intersections, strip commercial establishments, big box stores, and arterial thoroughfares were associated with increases in crashes involving older motorists, while big box stores and arterials increased crashes for older pedestrians.”
However, the authors point out that this is not simply due to declines in driving ability associated with age, such as decreased visual acuity and slower reactions times.… Read More
Comments Off on Welcome New FoWF Member, Howard Feldman Insurance Agency
Friends of White Flint welcomes its newest business member, Howard Feldman Insurance Agency, Inc! Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you!
If you are interested in joining Friends of White Flint, either as a resident, community organization, business owner or landowner, please click on the Membership Link on our homepage!… Read More
Comments Off on Revisiting the “City,” “Suburb” and Everything in Between
Just a quick Google search of “cities vs. suburbs” will tell you that this debate isn’t as simple as which is one is better than the other. The new debate is whether or not this distinction is even relevant anymore.
Two recent articles from the Urban Land Institute, Richard Florida’s “The Fading Differentiation between City and Suburb” and Trisha Riggs’ “How to Make Suburbs Work Like Cities” delve further into this issue.… Read More
Comments Off on Rockville Pike spared from scaled-back BRT plans
On the heels of a report suggesting Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit plans are too ambitious, county planners are recommending reducing the number of lines and having less of the system use dedicated lanes.
Planners discussed these recommendations last night at a forum hosted by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, “The Next Generation of Transit,” which discussed how Montgomery County needs to expand its transit network.… Read More
Why? To reach the Bus Rapid Transit stop.
A new study of Bus Rapid Transit options in Montgomery County has County officials scrambling to avoid egg on their faces. The officials who commissioned the new study (paid for by a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation) received the report in December, but the Washington Post broke the study story today.… Read More
Comments Off on Friends of White Flint Annual Meeting, February 21, 2013
Friends of White Flint 2013 Annual Meeting
February 21, 2013 7PM
Friends of White Flint will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting at 7PM on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at JBG’s offices, 4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 400, in Chevy Chase. Immediately following the Annual Meeting presentations, the FoWF Board will hold a Board meeting.… Read More
Comments Off on The Next Generation of Transit: The Key to Montgomery’s Green Future
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting an exciting forum next week for local environmentalists, urbanists and transit advocates. Part of their Walking Tours & Forums Series, “The Next Generation of Transit: The Key to Montgomery’s Green Future” will feature Smart Growth America’s CEO, Geoff Anderson, and County Councilmember Roger Berliner.… Read More
Comments Off on No White Flint Implementation Meeting on Monday 2/11
The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee, which typically meets the second Monday of each month, will not have a February session. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 11th at 7pm. Meetings are held at Wall Local Park/Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard and all are welcome to attend.
For more information, visit the County’s Planning Department Website: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/… Read More
White Flint Mall opened in 1977 as the emblem of Montgomery County’s rising suburban affluence, but over time the luxury mall began to show its age. Now located at the center of the urbanizing White Flint Sector Plan area, the mall’s transformation into an urban neighborhood is a sign of where the county’s going.… Read More
Comments Off on All Ages Seeking Local Walkable Neighborhoods
I’ve written before about how mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods benefit all age groups, but now we’re seeing these trends exemplified closer to home. Last month, the Washington Examiner published a piece on how the principles of New Urbanism serve community members throughout the lifespan. Both young professionals and downsizing Boomers are seeking compact, centralized housing.… Read More