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


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FoWF Advocacy

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Friends of White Flint is the only independent organization that represents the entire range of stakeholders impacted by the redevelopment of White Flint. When we create a position, we tap into the residents, businesses and landowners in and around our area in order to build consensus. Our advocacy often occurs in person and over the telephone but, last week, we had the opportunity to send letters on three topics at issue within county government.  

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County Council looks at White Flint projects

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As the Montgomery County Council makes its way through the proposed Capital Improvement Programs budget, two White Flint-related projects have recently been discussed.

First, as reported in The Gazette, the White Flint fire station project is a “go.”  The 5-bay station slated for Randolph Road, near the new Chapman Avenue Extended, will include about 200 units of affordable housing for seniors.

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Friends of White Flint’s CIP Testimony

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Last night, FoWF Board Member Chad Salganik presented testimony before the County Council on the Capital Improvement Programs Budget.  If you haven’t chimed in yet, it’s not too late — email your support of White Flint projects to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

Testimony of Friends of White Flint

February 5, 2014

Public Hearing on Montgomery County Capital Improvements Program Budget

Good evening, Councilmembers. 

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FoWF Testifies in Favor of Proposed Urban Road Code Amendments

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Last night, Friends of White Flint Board Member Howard Feldman testified before the County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee in support of the Urban Road Code Amendments proposed by Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer, who both sit on the committee. Thanks to the input of many of our members, our testimony supported the global concepts of Complete Streets and valuing all users, without purporting to be the experts on exact measurements for appropriate lane widths, etc.

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The little things can make a big difference

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There’s no doubt that we are thinking big in White Flint. However, as Indianapolis-based blog Urban Indy recently pointed out, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the little things make a big difference in the way people experience a place. As we reported previously, the Downtown Advisory Committee has begun thinking about these very issues, from street trees to sidewalk materials to what the trash cans will look like.…

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Five ways to design for safer streets

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Earlier this month, NYC’s Department of Transportation released a major report, “Making Safer Streets” which outlines the various ways the department has re-imagined and redesigned their streets. The results include:

  • 30% decline in fatalities since 2001
  • 29% decline in people killed or severely injured since 2001
  • 1,000 NYC lives have been saved by the decrease in traffic fatalities since 2001—including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers

The overarching aspect of safer streets is “[creating] the opportunity for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to move through the street network simply and easily, minimizing the unexpected, the confusing, and the potential for surprises.” More specifically, here are the five basic principles highlighted in the report:

  1. Make the street easy to use by accommodating desire lines and minimizing the complexity of driving, walking, and biking, thus reducing crash risk by providing a direct, simple way to move through the street network.
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Councilmember Berliner on Rapid Transit

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Roger Berliner is the County Councilmember for District 1, which includes all of White Flint.  He has spoken out before in support of Rapid Transit, and his latest piece includes a great amount of detailed information on the plan.  As often happens with innovative and wide-reaching plan, rumors are rampant. So, Berliner’s piece in the Potomac Almanac bullets out a variety of points worth considering.…

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Advocate for a Great White Flint

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Looking for Ways to Get Involved and Ensure White Flint Reaches its Potential?

Then, we have two great opportunities for you – and you don’t even need to leave the keyboard.

First, having a post office located in the White Flint sector is not only an important amenity, it’s also key to building our identity.  …

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Vivre en Ville Visits White Flint

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Vivre en Ville (“Living in the City”), a Montreal- and Quebec City-based nonprofit New Urbanism organization, visited White Flint in June as part of its international research into sustainable urban development. Dan Hoffman led a tour of White Flint for their Strategies Collectivites Viables team.

Christian Savard, Vivre en Ville’s Executive Director, later wrote a letter of thanks to Dan Hoffman, expressing “gratitude for having taken the time to lead our group on an informative walking tour of White Flint., which was key to the success of our study tour.”

By Barnaby Zall

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Latest Draft of White Flint Sector Plan

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The Planning Board has released the latest draft of the White Flint Sector Plan for review prior to the beginning of public hearings (first hearing is January 12, 2009, in Silver Spring). The draft is available in two formats — the Planning Board’s proprietary viewer, and in Adobe .pdf format (requires freely-available Adobe Reader):

 Click Here for Planning Board viewer

Click Here for .pdf download

Earlier versions of the Sector Plan are still available on the White Flint Planning page:

www.whiteflintplanning.org 

Barnaby Zall…

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