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: May 2013

New parking regulations are looser, but not enough

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Is this space best used for cars, or people?

Montgomery County’s new zoning code will allow less parking in new developments in order to use land more efficiently and encourage alternatives to driving. However, the regulations still require parking in ways that will hinder the walkable urban places the county wants to build.…

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County Planning Board Extends BRT Comment Period

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As a reader of this blog, you know that Friends of White Flint believes that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is the right solution for the traffic on 355.  We’ve posted before that congestion in this region is only getting worse – and is projected to do so substantially.  We must seek a sustainable solution.  …

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Minutes of FoWF’s May 23, 2013, Board Meeting

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** These minutes will remain in draft form until approved by the Board of Directors at their next meeting.  Until then, please email any edits to Info@WhiteFlint.org **  **Updated May 29, 2013, to incorporate comments found in italics below** ** Updated October 16, 2013, to remove “draft” status as the Board of Directors approved this version on September 19, 2013 **

Minutes of the May 23, 2013 FoWF Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes

2013 Board of Directors Meeting

May 23, 2013, 7pm

Federal Realty Investment Trust Offices, Rockville MD

The Friends of White Flint (FoWF) Board Meeting was called to order at 7:04pm at the Rockville offices of Federal Realty Investment Trust.…

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Smart growth saves money

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Smart Growth America’s new report Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development examines how land use decisions impact municipal finances. The three takeaways (taken directly from the Executive Summary) are:

1. In general, smart growth development costs one-third less for upfront infrastructure.

Our survey concluded that smart growth development saves an average of 38 percent on upfront costs for new construction of roads, sewers, water lines and other infrastructure.…

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Larger apartments could draw families to White Flint

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A school bus stops outside  the apartments at North Bethesda Market on Woodglen Drive.

A school bus stops outside the apartments at North Bethesda Market on Woodglen Drive. Photo by the author.

We’ve noted before that a growing number of families are interested in urban living, whether to be closer to work, to be less reliant on driving, or to give their kids more exposure and independence.…

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Protect bicycle and bus lanes, protect local businesses

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We’ve written about how installing bicycle lanes can bring more customers to businesses and why dedicated lanes for Bus Rapid Transit make sense. For even more statistics on why streets should be more inclusive of pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, check out the study Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets from the NYC Department of Transportation.…

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A crash course in “Retrofitting Suburbia”

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“We tend to think that downtowns should be dynamic, and we expect that. But we seem to have an expectation that the suburbs should forever remain frozen in whatever adolescent form they were first given birth to. It’s time to let them grow up…”

Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, architect, and author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, covers it all in her TED Talk on why and how communities around the country are transforming their suburban landscape.…

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Proposed Agenda & Resolution for Next FoWF Meeting

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Friends of White Flint conducts much of its business during Board of Directors Meetings, which are open to all.  Our next meeting is this Thursday, May 23rd, at 7pm at the Rockville offices of Federal Realty Investment Trust (1626 E Jefferson Street).

You’ll find our proposed agenda below, along with a link to a Resolution proposed by Co-Chair for Business, Barnaby Zall.  …

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BRT supporters turn out for public hearing, but skeptics remain

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BRT in Los Angeles. Photo by the author.

Over 50 speakers packed the Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring last night to offer comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit network. During a hearing that lasted over 3 hours, residents debated the merits of the 10-route, 79-mile system envisioned by county planners.…

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Friends’ Testimony on Bus Rapid Transit

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Earlier tonight, Friends of White Flint’s Amy Donin testified before the Montgomery County Planning Board in support of Bus Rapid Transit in White Flint.  Find our testimony below:

 

Good evening, Commissioners, my name is Amy Donin and I am here on behalf of the Friends of White Flint.

Friends promotes a sustainable, walkable and engaging White Flint.…

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