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: July 2013

White Flint Loses a Friend

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We are sad to share that White Flint lost a friend and advocate suddenly this Monday.  Blog readers will recognize Geordan Harris as the proud uncle of a baby almost born in Seasons 52 this March.  Those more active in White Flint redevelopment know him as a member of the JBG team that brought us North Bethesda Market, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar and the forthcoming North Bethesda Market 2.…

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Progress continues at Pike + Rose

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Pike + Rose from Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard

Construction at Pike + Rose seen from Old Georgetown Road. Photo by the author.

Work continues on Pike + Rose, the new neighborhood being built at the soon-to-be-former Mid-Pike Plaza shopping center at Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road. The project already looks very different compared to our last visit to the construction site last month.…

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Cities may be safer than we think

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A recently published study in the Journal of Injury Prevention reveals that contrary to popular belief, cities are in many ways safer than rural areas. The researchers note that, “although variability among urban areas clearly exists, when urban areas were considered as a group, risk of serious injury resulting in death was approximately 20% lower than in the most rural areas of the country.” While the risk of homicide was greater in urban areas, many more people die more often from motor vehicle accidents: “the magnitude of homicide-related deaths, even in urban areas, is outweighed by the magnitude of unintentional injury deaths, particularly those resulting from motor vehicles.…

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Walkability Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

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We’ve talked about the benefits of making White Flint more walkable, and less car-oriented, for several different populations:  for young adults, for seniors, and for young families.  Why not close the loop and show that this international trend does, in fact, benefit everyone?

The Atlantic Cities recently published a report highlighting how suburban sprawl is a factor contributing to childhood obesity.  …

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White Flint’s future depends on “complete streets”

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Gibbs Street in Rockville Town Square is a “complete street.” Photo by the author.

The future of White Flint as a new downtown for Rockville Pike depends on whether people can get around safely and easily, no matter what mode of transportation they use. One way to make that happen is with “complete streets,” which are often described as streets designed for people of all ages and abilities traveling on foot, bike, by car or transit.…

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Paladar’s Grand Opening to Benefit Manna Food Center

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We’ve noted our excitement over White Flint’s latest offering, Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar.  And now you can be part of their exciting grand opening!  As a testament to their investment in our community, Paladar is partnering with Manna Food Center for a Ribbon Cutting and Fundraiser on Thursday, August 15th!

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Complete streets should include room for strollers

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We’ve written multiple times about how aspects of New Urbanism, such as walkable neighborhoods close to transit and smaller housing units without a huge lawn to maintain, appeals to many Millennials and Baby Boomers alike. It may be easier to understand how this lifestyle appeals to young adults without children and empty-nesters.…

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Advocate for a Great White Flint

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Looking for Ways to Get Involved and Ensure White Flint Reaches its Potential?

Then, we have two great opportunities for you – and you don’t even need to leave the keyboard.

First, having a post office located in the White Flint sector is not only an important amenity, it’s also key to building our identity.  …

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The Aurora Tops Out

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On June 25th, the second residential phase of North Bethesda Center reached new heights.  The 18-story Aurora, being constructed next to Harris Teeter/Wentworth House at Old Georgetown Road and Nebel Street, had its “topping out” ceremony with nearly 100 people from developer LCOR and KBR building group.

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“It’s a milestone event that signifies completion of the structure for a building… [and] symbolizes the evolution of a building from structural construction to commencement of close-in activities,” says Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of LCOR.…

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail shows way for White Flint

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Separate foot (on the left) and bike (on the right) paths on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Photo by Eric Fischer on Flickr.

Getting around White Flint by foot or bike today is difficult. Despite plans to create a new pedestrian and bicycle network in the area, how do you coax people onto the streets that were primarily built for driving?…

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