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: June 2013

Postal Service community meeting July 10

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At the last Downtown Advisory Committee meeting we were told that the United States Postal Service would be holding a meeting in July to get input from the community on where the Kensington post office (currently at White Flint Mall) should be relocated. Now it is confirmed that USPS will host a community meeting on July 10 at 4: 30 p.m.

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“Always on the defensive”: A cyclist on biking in White Flint

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Will people bike or walk in White Flint if they have to use streets like this? All photos by the author unless noted.

For White Flint to become a great urban place, it needs a great pedestrian and bicycle network. But today, it’s not always an easy place to get around by foot or bike.…

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Will Bicyclists Feel Safe in White Flint?

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Throughout our discussions of the proposed road design for White Flint, we have noted that concerns remain about whether the roads will appropriately accommodate all users.  This includes bicyclists.

Jack Cochrane of MoBike, the Montgomery Bicycle Advocates, weighed in on the new road design.  He believes we can do better and notes that, “at most a third of the business streets in the White Flint Sector Plan will have any sort of bike accommodations.” He also points out the potential conflicts this may cause : “Without bike accommodations, cyclists will either have to ride single file with cars or use the right lane of a busy multi-lane street (or use the sidewalk). …

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Bike Lanes Make Everyone Feel Safer

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We often view bike lanes as a “bicycles vs. cars” issue, but a recent study from California suggests that all road users are grateful for the safety offered by protected bike lanes.  Researchers interviewed drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, and asked their perceptions of different road treatments.  As it turned out, bicycle lanes were the most requested safety feature requested by all groups.…

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What Change Looks Like

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I recently stumbled across a TEDx talk from last year on civic engagement entitled, “What Change Looks Like.”   Jake Barton, principal and founder of the organization Local Projects, discussed the resilience and strength he finds in cities and wonders why it takes “a crisis for us to collaborate together on common goals.”  He looks at the ubiquitous Community Meeting and asks how we can make them more productive — how we can be people talking with each other, rather than at each other.…

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Foulger-Pratt Presents its Latest Sketch Plan

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At the last White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting, Foulger-Pratt’s Vice President Dick Knapp presented their latest plan for White Flint redevelopment.  Working again in partnership with ProMark Real Estate, the project is situated on a 2.7 acre site at Nebel Street and Marinelli Road.  The property includes the former home of a Sport and Health Club and a fully-leased office building which houses tenants like The ARC of Montgomery County.  …

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Countdown to Guac and Mojitos

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The fuschia banners appeared at the corner of Woodglen and Executive, just across from Whole Foods, while the weather was still cold.  “The guac & mojitos arrive this summer,” they announced – and the excitement they’ve generated has continued to build.

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is the brainchild of Co-Presidents Andy Himmel and Elie Weiss.  …

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See Pike + Rose under construction

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The future site of Pike + Rose.

When finished, Pike + Rose will be a new neighborhood 5 times the size of Bethesda Row. But for now, the 24-acre site at Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway is doing double duty. On one side, it’s still Mid-Pike Plaza, a 1960’s-era strip mall that continues to do business.…

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A Letter from Councilmember Berliner on the western workaround

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Councilmember Roger Berliner wrote the following letter to Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Arthur Holmes regarding the 35% design for White Flint’s streets. You can read the text below, or view the PDF here: Councilmember Berliner WF Letter to Director Holmes 6-18-13.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ROGER BERLINER

CHAIR, TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY, & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

June 18, 2013

Dear Director Holmes,

Thank you and other members of the Administration for agreeing to host a meeting with developers,
your staff, and state transportation officials to discuss the western workaround road network for the
White Flint Sector Plan.…

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Summer Concert Series at North Bethesda Market

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Paseo Nights Summer Concert Series returns for a second year to the plaza at North Bethesda Market.  Every Thursday night until July 18th, enjoy live music from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  Different bands will perform a variety of music, including:

June 20th:    I & I Riddim, Reggae

June 27th:    Lloyd Dobler Effect, Classic Rock

July 4th:        Holly Montgomery Band, Country

July 11th:      Rew Smith, Adult Contemporary

July 18th:      Andrea Pais, Motown

The series finale will feature a Latin theme on July 25th and stretch from 5:30pm-9pm with five acts, including a DJ and dancing.  …

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