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: March 2015

Board Member Howard Feldman was ready for his close-up

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It’s Monday, it’s grey, and I had to wear my winter coat … in mid-March! … when I walked my dog this morning, so I’m a bit out of sorts. That means today’s blog post is short, sweet, and even entertaining. Watch Friends of White Flint board member Howard Feldman speak about the City of Rockville proposal to widen Route 355 on WJLA-TV last Thursday evening.…

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Bike in the Pike

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From Bethesda Now:

The Planning Board hopes Montgomery County will add bicycle accommodations — possibly another cycle track — to the new street grid it hopes to start work on soon in the White Flint/Pike District.

Planners and the Board reviewed the county Department of Transportation’s plans for the Western Workaround on Thursday.…

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It’s all about the BID

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It was all about the BID, not the bass, at Tuesday’s White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee meeting.  Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have a wide variety of names, structures, funding mechanisms, reporting requirements, and missions, but all BIDs are connected to their local government to varying degrees and provide essential services to their area, including branding, economic development, maintenance, and community building.…

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Friends of White Flint’s Testimony on the Proposed Widening of Route 355

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Last night, Friends of White Flint testified before the City of Rockville Mayor and Council about their proposal to widen Route 355 to 252 feet. We oppose this widening for many reasons, but primarily because it will create what will no doubt become a legendary bottleneck at Montrose Road and it discourages smart growth, green space and walkability.…

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Realigning and Constructing Main/Market Street and Executive Blvd

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On Thursday, March 12, the Montgomery County Planning Board will discuss the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT’s) project to reconfigure a portion of the existing roadway network in the Pike District. The project includes roadway realignment and construction of new road segments for Main/Market Street and Executive Boulevard extended. This is also known as the Western Workaround.…

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Are we keeping pace?

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This past Saturday, hundreds of residents, government officials, and school officials discussed how to ensure that infrastructure and growth are keeping pace in Montgomery County. The purpose of the event was to inform and engage county residents about current school and transportation planning policies and procedures, and offer the opportunity for them to meet with public officials and provide feedback about their communities.…

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People in the Pike District make how much?

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ICYMI, here’s the link to yesterday’s e-newsletter which was chock full of good news about White Flint Mall, AMP by Strathmore, and the BRT Committees. See it here.

And in case you’re curious, here’s some info about the average median household income in the area around the metro stations in the Pike District.  …

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Corporate America wants transit-friendly offices

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The CEO of Marriott International said this week, ““I think it’s essential we be accessible to Metro and that limits the options. I think as with many other things our younger folks are more inclined to be Metro-accessible and more urban.”

This supports the recent data showing that new urbanism communities like the Pike District, where office workers have just a short walk from their cubicles to transit, housing, restaurants, and entertainment, are the most desirable locations for offices.…

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The CAC meets for the first time

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This past Saturday, more than 160 CAC members were part of the first Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee meetings in a special kick-off event in downtown Rockville. This joint meeting oriented CAC members to the upcoming process and provided general information on bus rapid transit. County Executive Ike Leggett welcomed everyone to the future of transit in Montgomery County, saying “The beneficiaries of what we are doing will be people long, long down the line, children and grandchildren, for years to come.”

Friends of White Flint is well-represented among the forty members of  the MD 355 South CAC. …

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