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: October 2016

More info on the Western Workaround

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Hot off the presses from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, more detailed information about the Western Workaround construction scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks.

The Conference Center surface parking lot will close in order to build a new, structured parking garage. The new garage will be six stories tall, house approximately 650 spaces, and will be accessible from both Executive Boulevard and Market Street.…

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Fascinating article about why places like the Pike District are where people want to live over the next ten years

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According to a new ULI report, Demographic Strategies for Real Estate, “surban” communities—suburban neighborhoods offering the most desired features of urban and suburban living—will attract the most households in the United States over the next ten years. (In case you missed the obvious conclusion because you haven’t had your morning coffee, the Pike District is a classic example of a “surban” community.)

“Surban” developments will replace shopping centers – More retail stores will be transformed into places that sell experiences, rather than goods, and more development will combine housing and retail to satisfy consumer demand for places that offer convenient, car-free shopping.…

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Reminder: Tonight’s Pedestrian Safety Campaign Meeting is CANCELLED

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Just to make sure no one missed this announcement, here’s a reminder that due to the rescheduled Route 355 BRT meeting, we have had to cancel tonight’s Pedestrian Safety Campaign meeting.

But wait a minute, you say? You wanted to provide input on how to make the Pike District/White Flint area more walkable?

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The Western Workaround is Coming — Really!

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On November 8, the construction of the long-awaited Western Workaround begins! (Insert joyful music here.)

The Western Workaround realigns Executive Boulevard where it meets Old Georgetown Road. It creates a new street, Market Street, behind the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The Western Workaround also creates a rectangular parcel that will become the Gables Residential complex.…

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Tell us how to make the Pike district more walkable

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Will you take our Pedestrian Safety Campaign survey? It’s only ten questions and your input will help us determine what pedestrian improvements we’ll fight for. Where are the problem areas in the White Flint area? What would make it easier and safer to walk around the Pike District? 

Click here to take the short but important Pedestrian Safety Campaign.

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Disappointing news for the Pike District; terrific news for MoCo

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Marriott has chosen to locate its new headquarters in downtown Bethesda.  While we’re delighted this major international corporation will live right down the road from the Pike District, we’re sad they didn’t select the White Flint area for their shiny, modern headquarters.

The new corporate headquarters complex will house more than 3,500 employees in approximately 700,000 square feet of leased office space.…

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Nebel Street Bike Lanes Officially Opened by County Officials

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Yesterday, County Executive Ike Leggett, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, and Councilmember Hans Reimer cut the ribbon on the new Nebel Street separated bike lanes.

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The Nebel Street six-foot-wide bike lanes are one-way and located against the curb on either side of the street with flexposts separating them from moving vehicles. A striped buffer area provides additional protection for cyclists. …

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MCPS Superintendent Recommends Considering Reopening Woodward

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From Bethesda Beat:

Montgomery County School Superintendent Jack Smith is recommending the school board convene a roundtable discussion group to study how to handle high school overcrowding, a school spokeswoman said Thursday night.

The recommendation falls short of what some Bethesda parents had sought: reopening the former Woodward High School in Rockville to relieve expected enrollment increases at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.…

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Laughing at AMP and Farmers Market Changes

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Central Farm Markets asked us to post this last-minute change for their farmer markets this weekend:  The Bethesda Central Farm Market has been forced to close just this coming Sunday due to the art festival. Please come visit the Pike Central Farm Market this Saturday at 6001 Executive Blvd at the corner of Old Georgetown Road.
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