In our effort to make White Flint a walkable community, we like to find examples of trends or models throughout the United States and globally from which we can learn. Recently, it seems many other urban areas around the United States are also noticing a trend in their communities, declining presence of cars as their main means of transportation.…Read More
Monthly Archives: January 2014
TED Talks recently released a video from April 2013 of Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City, discussing the healthy transformation his city recently experienced. Mayor Cornett speaks about how his city, once named by Men’s Health Magazine as one of the fattest cities in America, was able to lose a collective million pounds through the use of a few strategies.…Read More
From our friends at Paladar Latin Kitchen:
WPFW 89.3 AM’s own Robyn Holden and Carol Tyson will be broadcasting live from Paladar on Friday, February 7th from 7-10pm. Joining them will be special guest, Jim Byers, from the Latin Flavor.
The National Building Museum downtown is a pretty fantastic resource. In addition to unique exhibits and a stellar kids’ play-area, they also host a variety of Speakers Series’ throughout the year. Next week, their focus will be on White Flint!
As part of the Smart Growth Series, I’ll be at the museum on Wednesday, February 5th from 12:30-1:30pm to share how the community is collaborating to ensure that a redeveloped White Flint reaches its potential. …Read More
Here are some updates from the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting on January 13th:
The discussion started with a focus on Woodglen Drive and Executive Boulevard. Committee members are concerned with the issues surrounding the shared-use path on Woodglen Drive. There has been some confusion after the county permitting department made what appears to be a mistake when dealing with Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar. …Read More
Back in April of last year, we shared that Washington Gas was planning a 145 foot tall communications tower that would sit in the center of their industrial property on Nebel Street, not far from where new residential high-rise buildings are planned. At that time, there were several approvals that were necessary before construction commenced but we’ve not heard any updates since then. …Read More
Last night, Friends of White Flint Board Member Howard Feldman testified before the County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee in support of the Urban Road Code Amendments proposed by Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer, who both sit on the committee. Thanks to the input of many of our members, our testimony supported the global concepts of Complete Streets and valuing all users, without purporting to be the experts on exact measurements for appropriate lane widths, etc.…Read More
In light of Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, we’ve learned one thing: transportation can make or break an elected official. Emily Badger, a writer for The Atlantic Cities, focuses on the idea that “[h]ow we get around has an enormous influence on our quality of life, and so it’s central to what we expect from our elected officials.” Transportation may be the most influential aspect on our daily lives because without the ability to travel, we cannot do much of anything.…Read More
Last week we discussed the County Bill 33-13: Streets and Roads- Urban Road Code Standards and Pedestrian Safety Improvements that is up for approval. The Council is holding a public hearing tomorrow evening, January 23rd, where testimonies will be heard on this bill, one of which will be from Friends of White Flint.…Read More
The collaborative way the White Flint Sector Plan was developed and is being implemented is not common practice. We’re proud of the level of stakeholder involvement and the impact it has had in creating a future for the place where we live, work and play. Friends of White Flint was at the forefront in ensuring that the community had a place at the table, and we continue to do so.…Read More