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


Author Archives: Amy Ginsburg

Fear of Public Transit Got Ahead of the Evidence

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Many have blamed subways and buses for coronavirus outbreaks, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise.

From The Atlantic

recent study in Paris found that none of 150 identified coronavirus infection clusters from early May to early June originated on the city’s transit systems. A similar study in Austria found that not one of 355 case clusters in April and May was traceable to riding transit.…

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Tomorrow — Executive Blvd. Closes

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If you want to take one last sentimental drive on Executive Boulevard from Marinelli Road to Old Georgetown Road, today is your last chance to do so. Executive Boulevard closes tomorrow to construct the western workaround.

The western workaround will align Towne Road, Old Georgetown Road, and Executive Blvd. in a traditional four-sided intersection, improving the road grid.…

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You Can Request a ‘Slow Street’ In Your Neighborhood During the Pandemic

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What streets should become slow shared streets in your neighborhood?

From WAMU 88.5 Radio

During the early stages of reopening, Maryland’s largest county quickly turned downtown streets into open-air dining. Officials closed roads near trails to create temporary greenways, making more space for overcrowded trail users.  

Now, residents can request that their neighborhood streets get the “shared streets” treatment of barricades and signs at the end of a block indicating local traffic only.…

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Pike & Rose Farm Produces 20,000 pounds of produce

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From WJLA-TV

At 17,000 square feet, the Farm at Pike & Rose is the largest rooftop farm in the Washington Metro area and Mid-Atlantic region. Its first crops were planted in March. Most produce grown travels no more than a few blocks from farm to table.

The company turned the space into a productive agricultural site growing greens, root vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and more.…

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Reinventing ‘the burbs’ with an urban twist

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The Washington Post could have been writing about the Pike District instead of Atlanta suburbs in this recent article. (In fact, the question does occur to me: why didn’t they mention the White Flint/Pike District area’s burgeoning transformation to a walkable, urban lite community?)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/city-living-in-the-suburbs-drives-housing-trend/2020/06/24/e7e52b6a-6de3-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

“Looking at the history of human settlement, it was one of mixed-use and walkable environments,” said Hull.

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The end of the moratorium!

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Fabulous news! The Planning Board will receive the FY21 annual school test on Thursday, and the current moratorium for the Walter Johnson cluster will come to an end. Here is the staff memo. This means that pending North Bethesda developments, ranging from Twinbrook to Rock Spring, could move forward!

From the staff report:

The test also finds three additional clusters – Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, and Walter Johnson clusters – to be ‘open conditionally’ as shown in Table 2.

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Grosvenor Metro Reopening Sunday, June 28!

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The following stations will reopen on Sunday, June 28. (Three stations on the Orange and Silver lines will reopen with shuttle bus service due to the ongoing platform reconstruction work at East Falls Church.)

  • Federal Center SW
  • Federal Triangle
  • Mt Vernon Sq
  • Judiciary Sq
  • Archives
  • Smithsonian
  • Eisenhower Ave
  • Virginia Sq
  • Van Dorn St
  • Clarendon
  • Cleveland Park
  • Grosvenor-Strathmore
  • Cheverly
  • College Park
  • Morgan Blvd
  • East Falls Church*
  • Greensboro*
  • McLean*
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Here’s the video of the testimony on the update to the SSP

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The Montgomery County Planning Board held a virtual public hearing on June 11 on the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP). Friends of White Flint was one of the many people testifying about aspects of the policy.

View the video of the June 11 Planning Board Public Hearing.…

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