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


What’s Important to our Members?

Posted on by Lindsay Hoffman

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In our last weekly email, we asked members to share what’s important to them in the redevelopment of White Flint and, therefore, where FoWF should aim its focus.  We were thrilled by the response!  Here are some of the points raised:

  • We should keep bicycle access and safety at front of mind.  All areas should be accessible for cyclists.  And, there should be secure bike parking at all residential units and bike parking readily available at commercial establishments.
  • Baby Boomers want to ensure that they aren’t being forgotten when the county works to draw the young professional demographic.  Prioritizing accessibility and well-integrated residential and commercial areas that balance all users will make this the most friendly place for all.
  • Focusing on and advocating for as much green space as possible remains a priority.  At the moment, White Flint neighborhood park is a real gem but we need to ensure that we build out spaces like Wall Park and the Civic Green, and support developers who are integrating green space into their redevelopment plans.
  • One member suggested making as much of the White Flint district as smoke-free as possible, including sidewalks, parks, parking lots, grassy areas, bus stops, bus shelters, etc.  The many benefits would include putting White Flint on the map as a healthy place to live/visit/work, widespread free publicity, a market niche, reduced litter, better aesthetics, etc.
  • Keeping small and local businesses remain a priority for our community!
  • Shading our sidewalks and installing benches to make them more friendly to those with limited mobility.

Many of these points are already part of the plan for a redeveloped White Flint, but it will take advocacy and attention to ensure that they’re executed timely and to their full potential.  We’ll keep you posted as we learn of ways where your voice will make a difference!

Also, do you get our weekly updates?  We send an email out every Thursday morning that recaps anything you might have missed during the previous week and highlights other important points!  Either sign up on our homepage at www.WhiteFlint.org or, better yet, join!  Just visit www.WhiteFlint.org/membership and have your voice heard!

2 Responses to What’s Important to our Members?

Pam Caswell says: March 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Attention needs to be paid to sidewalks throughout the area. Many are too narrow and feel unsafe, particularly those on commercial streets, others are in disrepair (unsafe) and too often obstructed. In some residential neighborhoods, they are missing. Car-centric and too lax laws about clearing sidewalks of debris and snow should be strengthened, and, if necessary, too restrictive zoning regulations should be revised. If White Flint is to achieve walkability, it must eliminate its car-centric thinking about all sidewalk, not just those on a few streets here and there.

KA says: April 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

If safety is the priority (as it should be), not only drivers have to watch the pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. but also vice versa. I found that pedestrians and bicyclists enter the crosswalks very agressively just thinking that everybody will stop for them. Sometimes it is not possible to stop so suddenly without leaving a possibility to be hit from the back. So, please, pedestrians (I am one of you, too but I always stop before entering a crosswalk and cross when it is a long gap) and bicyclists, don’t think only of yourselves just because the walking and bicycling had become “the in thing” now.