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

Yes, let’s support the Independent Transit Authority

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Over the past few days, you may have read about the proposed Independent Transit Authority. Essentially, Montgomery County state legislators introduced a bill that would enable the County Council to set up an Independent Transit Authority which would plan, develop, and operate the Ride-On bus system and the planned Rapid Transit System network, coordinate with WMATA and the Maryland Transit Authority, and operate the County’s four parking lot districts. …

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Tell me again what this BRT-thing is all about?

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BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is essentially Metrorail on wheels instead of tracks. It’s high-quality, fast, and convenient.  (And yes, it’s something that people will actually use. They do in areas similar to the Pike District all over the world and increasingly, in the United States. Count me in as an enthusiastic convert, and now I can’t wait for the day when I can catch a sleek BRT rather than cursing traffic and searching for parking in my car.)

Here is a quick fact sheet about BRT which should answer many of your questions.…

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You Won’t Want to Miss Paladar’s 4th Annual Carnival Celebration

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Here’s the scoop Friends of White Flint Member Paladar’s 4th annual Carnival celebration. This 16-day long party promises to be the most excitement you will have this side of The Equator.

  • February 2nd through February 17th – you’ll receive ½ off mojitos, margaritas and sangria, all day long. (Sorry, not valid on February 13th or 14th.) For the Carnival street food lovers, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered too.
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Larger, older, more diverse

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The population of the DC Metro area in 2030 is going to much larger, more diverse, and skew a bit older, according to a new report by the Urban Institute.  Imagine the population growing nearly 38%, from 5,381,333 to 7,420,927.   By comparison, the Philadelphia area is expected to grow by  just 6.5% and New York by 7.4%.  

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We’re not the only ones hoping for BRT

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Rapid transit, or BRT, or whatever term is fashionable this week, will transform Rockville Pike and the Pike District. And we’re not the only ones who want the many benefits of rapid transit.  Queens wants it. Philadelphia is giving it a whirl. Seattle loves it. Sure, it’s difficult to picture the Pike as a grand, beautiful boulevard with sleek train-like buses zooming down the middle, but heck, most change is hard to imagine.…

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Open spaces, lovely places

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You’ve probably been in the parking lot of the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (KSAC), or at least you’ve seen it as you drive past the swim center. But imagine that rather than acres of striped asphalt there is lush green grass, inviting park benches, a winding path through the forest.

Open spaces are an important promise of the White Flint Sector Plan, and Wall Park can be the Pike District’s first new prominent green space. …

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Are your friends members of FoWF?

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Members are the lifeblood of Friends of White Flint. Residents, businesses, homeowner associations, property owners build consensus and work together to fulfill the dream of the White Flint Sector Plan. If you’re reading this, chances are good you’re already a member,  (And if you’re not a member — what are you waiting for?…

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North Bethesda Market II seeks approval for changes

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The JBG Companies will go to the Planning Board tomorrow to seek approval for changes to its plan to North Bethesda Market II, affectionately known as NoBe II.  County planners recommend the Planning Board approve the changes. The proposed amendments maintain the overall vision of a multiple-building, mixed-use, office, residential and retail development with a maximum of 740,528 square feet of mixed-use floor area that will be built in three phases. …

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A quick summary of the January Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting

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Below is a quick summary of last night’s White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee. (We attend and report so you don’t have to come out in the cold and rain. Just one of the many benefits of being a part of Friends of White Flint.)

  • Gables White Flint will be taking their preliminary plan and site plan to the Planning Board most likely during the first or second quarter.
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