Last night, Friends of White Flint testified before the City of Rockville Mayor and Council about their proposal to widen Route 355 to 252 feet. We oppose this widening for many reasons, but primarily because it will create what will no doubt become a legendary bottleneck at Montrose Road and it discourages smart growth, green space and walkability.…Read More
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On Thursday, March 12, the Montgomery County Planning Board will discuss the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT’s) project to reconfigure a portion of the existing roadway network in the Pike District. The project includes roadway realignment and construction of new road segments for Main/Market Street and Executive Boulevard extended. This is also known as the Western Workaround.…Read More
This past Saturday, hundreds of residents, government officials, and school officials discussed how to ensure that infrastructure and growth are keeping pace in Montgomery County. The purpose of the event was to inform and engage county residents about current school and transportation planning policies and procedures, and offer the opportunity for them to meet with public officials and provide feedback about their communities.…Read More
ICYMI, here’s the link to yesterday’s e-newsletter which was chock full of good news about White Flint Mall, AMP by Strathmore, and the BRT Committees. See it here.
And in case you’re curious, here’s some info about the average median household income in the area around the metro stations in the Pike District. …Read More
The CEO of Marriott International said this week, ““I think it’s essential we be accessible to Metro and that limits the options. I think as with many other things our younger folks are more inclined to be Metro-accessible and more urban.”
This supports the recent data showing that new urbanism communities like the Pike District, where office workers have just a short walk from their cubicles to transit, housing, restaurants, and entertainment, are the most desirable locations for offices.…Read More
This past Saturday, more than 160 CAC members were part of the first Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee meetings in a special kick-off event in downtown Rockville. This joint meeting oriented CAC members to the upcoming process and provided general information on bus rapid transit. County Executive Ike Leggett welcomed everyone to the future of transit in Montgomery County, saying “The beneficiaries of what we are doing will be people long, long down the line, children and grandchildren, for years to come.”
Friends of White Flint is well-represented among the forty members of the MD 355 South CAC. …Read More
Picture Route 355 from about Montrose Road north to downtown Rockville. Now picture it a lot wider. Last week, the City of Rockville voted 4 to 1 in a straw poll to widen Route 355 in this two-mile stretch to 252 feet. (That’s the width of an interstate highway, to put it in perspective.) Walkability and green space will be the losers if that’s what happens to Rockville Pike north of the Pike District.…Read More
A common belief is that sophisticated Montgomery County residents won’t take a bus. Sure, they’ll take metro downtown, but Bus Rapid Transit? Many think it’ll never happen.
According to this article on City Lab, the reality is different than the prevailing assumptions. One study showed that quality of service matters most, not the type of transport.…Read More
Check out our latest e-newsletter featuring updates on the County Council OLO report on Business Improvement District structures, building a better Wall Park, and other updates from the Pike District.
“In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers’ job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them,” says Peter Norton, a historian at the University of Virginia and author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. “But under the new model, streets became a place for cars — and as a pedestrian, it’s your fault if you get hit.”
Click here to read the forgotten history of jaywalking.…Read More