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 2016

FallFest Featuring The Nighthawks Saturday, October 8 – Mark Your Calendar!

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FallFest is the first Pike District signature event. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled afternoon. Featuring The Nighthawks, a variety of food trucks, face painting, and a ribbon cutting with County Executive Ike Leggett, FallFest is fun for all ages.

Pike Distirct Fall Fest

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North Bethesda Market Hosts Montgomery County’s First Tomato Festival September 10

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Maryland’s tomatoes are in season, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all things tomato – from zesty sauce and heirloom varieties to inspired chef creations. To celebrate this flavorful fruit, North Bethesda Market will host its first Tomato Festival Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine.…
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If there was a magic pill that made you happier, healthier, more connected, richer and safer, would you take it?

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Well, that magic pill does exist. It’s called “walkable streets.” (I’m certainly glad that we’re enhancing walkability in the White Flint area because I definitely would love to be healthier, happier, richer, more connected to people, and safer.)

Here’s a list of 50 positive effects from creating walkable communities from an article in Fast Company.…

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Here’s the official letter we sent to Casey Anderson about White Flint 2

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August 24, 2016

Dear Chairman Anderson:

As you know, Friends of White Flint represents thousands of residents, businesses, and property owners in the White Flint/Pike District area. We have enjoyed being a part of the public discussion to create a new sector plan for the White Flint 2 area.

After soliciting input from our members, The Friends of White Flint Board of Directors met last month to discuss and review the White Flint 2 Preliminary Plan, and there is much that we like about the plan.…

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Pike District in the News … Again!

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Yesterday, the Washington Business Journal published an interesting story about the ULI Panel report on branding the Pike District. Titled “Branding Rockville Pike? Please, no giant ‘Pike District’ sign”, the article noted that Rockville Pike “is slowly urbanizing. The auto-oriented corridor you might know as White Flint or Rockville or North Bethesda will evolve over the years with new developments and the possible introduction of bus rapid transit.”

WBJ wrote, “The (ULI) panel urged Montgomery County to allow the area to brand organically, while “reclaiming” the public spaces with LED sidewalk lighting, enhanced and “whimsical” crosswalks, elevated road levels at intersections, and giant, colorful intersection pylons — like what one might see at Symphony Park in Las Vegas, or along 14th Street in Denver.…

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We’re off to see the Wizard …

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Tonight, August 22,  is the last night of the Strathmore Hall Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.  And the movie is on everyone’s favorite film list:  The Wizard of Oz.  Festivities start at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:30 pm.  Food is available for purchase.
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Maybe we could model Pike District bus stops on this one?

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GGW blogged about a new bus stop in College Park that’s inspired by a similar one in Paris. Featuring a bike share station, tire pump,  and little honor-system library, the College Park used off-the-shelf, inexpensive components to create this unique bus shelter.  Wouldn’t it be great to have bus stops like this in the White Flint area?…

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Half of millennials and baby boomers prefer walkable communities, and they are willing to pay a premium to live in a pedestrian-friendly community.

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Redfin reported that the price of a home rose with every additional point on a scale of pedestrian friendliness. Nationally, one Walk Score point can increase the price of a home by just about one percent. In Washington DC that translates into an increase in price of $4,386 or 1.22 percent for every point of walkability.…

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Making MoCo appealing to new, young residents in GGW

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In yesterday’s blog, Greater Greater Washington asks how we can make MoCo attractive for those infamous millennials everyone is always talking about.

“… for those who want the urban experience, the county has serious competition from other parts of the region, especially the District and Arlington. And if you work in Montgomery County, particularly outside the Beltway, you’re forced to choose living in an urban neighborhood far from work or a more suburban area with a shorter commute.”

The article continues, “For years, Montgomery County has encouraged the creation of more downtowns and town centers in places like White Flint, Germantown, and White Oak, while promoting the ongoing development of urban places like Silver Spring or Bethesda.…

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