Archives November 2019

First Friday event at Artists & Makers Studio on December 6

First Friday with the Pike District at Artists and Makers Studio December 6

Sign up for the free drawing for a Gift Basket from Pike District with swag from 7 Locks Brewing, Vignola Gourmet & more along with a GIFT CERTIFICATE for $200 to spend in A&M’s Galleries, or in the Artist Studio.

Artists & Makers Studios has been chosen as the 2018 Editors’ Pick, Best Place to Experience Art, in the BEST OF issue of Bethesda Magazine!

Before you go into full Thanksgiving mode, take a minute and tell the County Executive to fund the second White Flint metro entrance

The County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently being developed and will be published by January 15, 2020. The CIP covers construction of all public buildings, roads, and other facilities planned by County public agencies over a six-year period. The County Council amends and approves the CIP budget by June 15.

The second entrance to the White Flint metro station is planned for the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Initial projections show that the second entrance will increase the number of passengers using the White Flint station by 50 percent over the next 25 years. It vastly increases the number of people and businesses that would be able to walk to metro (generally considered to be a half-mile around the entrance to a station.)

Will you please email County Executive Marc Elrich this week to ask him to include design and build funding for the second metro entrance in his recommended CIP budget?

You can email him at Marc.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please copy Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and Ken.Hartman@montgomerycountymd.gov and info@whiteflint.org.

Here’s some text you can use (although feel free to modify or add to it, of course.)

Your vision statement prioritizes easier commutes, a greener county, and a growing economy. The essential second entrance to the White Flint metro station will help alleviate traffic, improve sustainability, and attract businesses and residents to the White Flint area. Please include funding to design and build the second entrance to the White Flint metro station in the 2021 CIP so that the Pike District/White Flint neighborhood can fulfill the vision of the White Sector plan and transform into a vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented community. Thank you.

You can also communicate with the County Executive on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Marc_Elrich — or call him at 240-777-0311.

Get your Thanksgiving goodies at the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose

The Pike Central Farm Market annual Thanksgiving Market will take place on Tuesday, November 20 at Pike & Rose from 10am-2pm. Come get everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinners! Pick up pre-ordered items, and fresh food will be available on the spot as well.

The following vendors will be at their Thanksgiving Market:

DMV Empanadas
Liberty Delight Farms
Metro Microgreens
MeatCrafters
Milkhouse Brewery
Number 1 Sons
Old Dominion Barbecue And Bacon Co.
Simply Delicious Desserts
Springfield Farm
Sunday Morning Bakehouse
Twin Valley Distillers
The Farm Market Bakery
Twin Springs Fruit Farm
Two Acre Farm
Westmoreland Produce

North Bethesda — Second Best Place to Live in Maryland

While it’s no surprise to us, Money Inc. named North Bethesda the second best place to live in Maryland. Our neighbor, Garrett Park is #3.

2. North Bethesda

The large Washington suburb of North Bethesda has the kind of stellar infrastructure, abundant range of recreational and leisure facilities, and excellent job market you’d expect of a place that supports 50,056 very happy residents. It also has a tiny poverty rate of 6.9%, an even smaller unemployment rate of 4.5%, and an average median income of a huge $103,194. As you’d expect, those kinds of benefits don’t come for free, with the average single-family home selling for just over $550,000, and the average rental property going for a huge $1,868 (almost twice the national average).

3. Garrett Park

Want to earn $173,889? If you answered with a resounding “yes”, you may want to consider a move to the tiny little suburb of Garrett Park. With just 1,020 residents, it might be one of the smallest additions to our list, but it’s punching far above its weight when it comes to things like schools, amenities, jobs, infrastructure, crime, and unemployment rates. As you’d expect of such a diminutive place, it’s also got a great sense of community… although whether having neighbors that say hello to you is worth the astronomical median home value of $810,000 is perhaps a question for another day.

Tell the County Executive to include funding for the 2nd Metro Entrance in his CIP

The County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently being developed and will be published by January 15, 2020. The CIP covers construction of all public buildings, roads, and other facilities planned by County public agencies over a six-year period. The County Council amends and approves the CIP budget by June 15.

The second entrance to the White Flint metro station is planned for the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Initial projections show that the second entrance will increase the number of passengers using the White Flint station by 50 percent over the next 25 years. It vastly increases the number of people and businesses that would be able to walk to metro (generally considered to be a half-mile around the entrance to a station.)

Will you please email County Executive Marc Elrich this week to ask him to include design and build funding for the second metro entrance in his recommended CIP budget?

You can email him at Marc.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please copy Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and Ken.Hartman@montgomerycountymd.gov and info@whiteflint.org.

Here’s some text you can use (although feel free to modify or add to it, of course.)

Your vision statement prioritizes easier commutes, a greener county, and a growing economy. The essential second entrance to the White Flint metro station will help alleviate traffic, improve sustainability, and attract businesses and residents to the White Flint area. Please include funding to design and build the second entrance to the White Flint metro station in the 2021 CIP so that the Pike District/White Flint neighborhood can fulfill the vision of the White Sector plan and transform into a vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented community. Thank you.

You can also communicate with the County Executive on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Marc_Elrich — or call him at 240-777-0311.

MCPS Boundary Study

As you may have heard, MCPS has embarked on a boundary to study “how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede the effective use of school facilities .” You can read all the MCPS information on this topic here. This document details the regulations they are using for the MCPS boundary study.

Over a 20-year period, student enrollment at MCPS has increased by more than 30,000 students. This growth has propelled MCPS into one of the largest and most diverse districts in the nation. Unfortunately, facility construction has not been able to keep pace with this significant growth.

External consultants from WXY, working on behalf of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), have launched the first phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis, an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of MCPS boundaries. WXY will analyze various data points, such as school facility utilization and capacity, student demographics, school assignment and travel patterns.

This comprehensive study is different from the boundary study that will need to be done in our area with Woodward High School opens.

Because school boundaries have impacts beyond where a child attends school, FOWF is letting you know about this study, in case you haven’t heard about it already.

MCPS is holding a series of public meetings on this topic, one of them at WJ High School.

Multiple Regional Open Meetings across the County – RSVP for one of the meetings

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Julius West Middle School
651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm
White Oak Middle School
12201 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Walter Johnson High School
6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Blair High School
51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 209010

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Northwest High School
13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Virtual Public Meeting (Dates and Locations Coming Soon)

The Block at Pike & Rose — tentative opening November 22.

From The MoCoShow

Back in April of 2018 it was announced that The Block (theblockva.com) food hall was crossing the river and coming to Pike & Rose. (They have a location in Annandale, VA, too.)

We’re told The Block currently plans to open its MoCo location on November 22.

The 8,500 square foot The Block, located at 967 Rose Avenue, will feature an innovative space with communal tables and will offer diners Asian street food, Taiwanese Snocream, Hawaiian poke bowls by Pokéworks, and more.

The Era of Car-Clogged City Streets Is Over

From GovTech.com:

The federal government spends more than $45 billion on automotive transportation annually. Add in state and local spending, and costs top $175 billion every year. At the same time, the public health costs of deaths connected to automobile-related crashes and emissions amount to an additional $900 billion. And that excludes the costs related to the 4.5 million people injured in automobile crashes every year.

All in all, the social costs of cars are more than $1 trillion every year for a transportation system struggling with increasing congestion, lengthening commute times, harmful emissions comprising the largest share of greenhouse gases of any sector in the United States and rising pedestrian fatalities from car crashes. We can spend this money better to make our cities more efficient, equitable, and safe. 

Every resident of a city should be afforded the right to get where they need to go safely and in the most efficient, convenient way possible. This means prioritizing modes of transportation that enable density, move the most people most efficiently, and do not contribute to harmful emissions. Reallocating street space to prioritize the most efficient modes, whether that’s increasing dedicated bus lanes, more protected bike lanes, or dedicated street parking for light electric vehicles such as electric bikes and scooters, will lead to improved mobility, lower stress, better health outcomes, more productivity and help to improve the environment. 

Read the full article here.

Council Develops County Economic Platform

The new County Economic Development Platform is focused on business development, housing, transportation and workforce development and aims to unify and formalize the Council’s focus on economic development. 

The Economic Development Platform Resolution is a guiding document that identifies a thriving and diversified economy, greater innovation, racial equity and social justice, and environmental sustainability as desired outcomes. The goal of the resolution is to institutionalize a strategic economic framework that enables a focused and disciplined implementation of the County’s economic initiatives.

View the County Economic Development Platform here.