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: August 2013

Another Step Forward for the Western Workaround

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In addition to new buildings and developments, the White Flint Sector Plan also lays out a new road pattern for parts of our area.  This is important for several reasons – it will break up the existing superblocks and give us more options for traveling without using Rockville Pike and, also, it creates new possibilities for properties like Wall Park.  

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Australian government says bike riders save $21 on every commute

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The economy benefits by more than $21 [about $19 USD] every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 [about $7.50 USD] each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work, according to a policy statement released by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.”

Why is Australia focused on the cost of commuting?…

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Woodglen Drive Bikeway Improvements Coming

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“The Woodglen Drive Bikeway Improvements Project once completed will be an example of a complete street designed for users of all ages, modes and mobilities.”  — from MCDOT’s newsletter, and music to our ears.

 

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has released its latest plan affecting White Flint:  the bikeway improvements coming to Woodglen Drive.  

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Taking away lanes for bikes is not bad for business

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Even if you agree that bike lanes make everyone feel safer and that businesses benefit by being near them, you still may have concerns when installing bike lanes means taking lanes away from parking or travel lanes for cars (otherwise known as a “road diet”). However, University of Washington student Kyle Rowe decided to examine what happened to retail sales in two different neighborhoods in Seattle when bike lanes were installed at the expense of travel lanes for cars or parking.…

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Councilmember Berliner on Rapid Transit

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Roger Berliner is the County Councilmember for District 1, which includes all of White Flint.  He has spoken out before in support of Rapid Transit, and his latest piece includes a great amount of detailed information on the plan.  As often happens with innovative and wide-reaching plan, rumors are rampant. So, Berliner’s piece in the Potomac Almanac bullets out a variety of points worth considering.…

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The Decline of the Indoor Mall

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Particularly for long-time residents of Montgomery County, the changes at White Flint Mall have been striking.  Dark storefronts and demolition have taken the place of a once-vibrant shopping center.  But, as we’ve discussed before, the decline of the indoor mall is a trend sweeping the country.  This week, WTOP published another article focusing on this trend.…

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Video shows what BRT means for Montgomery County

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What would Bus Rapid Transit mean for Montgomery County? Friends of White Flint executive director Lindsay Hoffman and I talk about the benefits of BRT alongside residents and community leaders in a new video produced by the Coalition for Smarter Growth.


A Rapid Transit Solution to Traffic from Coalition for Smarter Growth on Vimeo.…

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Can White Flint retain its Baby Boomers?

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They moved to White Flint years ago, but will Boomers stick around? Photo by velvettangerine on Flickr.

With the kids gone, many Baby Boomers face one of two choices: age in place, or move downtown. Real estate analysts say which one they pick will have a big impact on the local housing market, but communities that can accommodate both choices can benefit either way.…

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Pike and Rose Announces Six New Restaurants for Phase One

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Today, Pike and Rose released the following about six new restaurants that have signed leases in the first phase of development, scheduled to open in Fall 2014:

PIKE & ROSE SIGNS SIX RESTAURANT TENANT LEASES

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) today announced the execution of six new tenant leases that will bring upscale and fast-casual dining options to Pike & Rose, the first major project to break ground in the designated White Flint District since the approval of the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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The “hidden economic value” of transit could be worth millions

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The economic benefits of agglomeration (i.e. more people clustered together in one place) can be huge. Essentially, as more people cluster together, more jobs do too, and both wages and economic productivity increase. A recently released paper for Urban Studies reveals that transit may be the key to producing agglomeration, which can in turn yield an impressive economic benefit to the tune of $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year per city.…

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