That smoke you see rising over White Flint isn’t from (prohibited) autumn leaf burning, it’s the flame war that has erupted over the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s plan to plunk a “commuter thoroughfare” in the middle of the new walkable, sustainable, bikeable White Flint Sector Plan. Of course, like everything MoCo, it’s not that simple, and the flames obscure a significant trust issue that no one’s talking about.…Read More
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You might not know it now, but traffic-choked, overhead-wire-tangled Rockville Pike actually sits atop an ancient trail that follows the ridge of a local chain of hills. Who knows what tales the buried stones could tell, echoing the movement from white-tailed deer paths, to indigenous peoples’ footprints, to settlers’ wagon tracks, to the arrival of the first smoky, noisy automobile?…Read More
With apologies to the late author Douglas Adams, whose birthday was celebrated by Google this week.
Meetings of the White Flint Implementation Committee are usually snoozers. The acrid smell of chlorine wafts through the air at the Shriver Aquatic Center as engineers and designers struggle to explain incomprehensible slides.
But not tonight.…Read More
Why? To reach the Bus Rapid Transit stop.
A new study of Bus Rapid Transit options in Montgomery County has County officials scrambling to avoid egg on their faces. The officials who commissioned the new study (paid for by a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation) received the report in December, but the Washington Post broke the study story today.…Read More
Friends of White Flint 2013 Annual Meeting
February 21, 2013 7PM
Friends of White Flint will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting at 7PM on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at JBG’s offices, 4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 400, in Chevy Chase. Immediately following the Annual Meeting presentations, the FoWF Board will hold a Board meeting.…Read More
The Friends of White Flint Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Monday, May 21, at 7PM at Federal Realty, 1626 E. Jefferson.
The meeting will feature a presentation on funding future FoWF activities through an increase in membership contributions, and a proposal from a vendor to provide services to manage and operate FoWF for the next year.…Read More
Bike sharing is a new concept similar to Zip-Car and other automobile-sharing programs. You rent a bike for a period of time from a public location and return it when you’re done. Red bike sharing sites are popping up across the Washington area.
In Montgomery County, bike sharing programs are envisioned in Rockville and Shady Grove.…Read More
In June, the Montgomery County Department of General Services held two meetings to receive public input on the location and exact description of the public amenities proposed in the White Flint Sector Plan. http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/05/23/white-flint-charettes-june-1-16/. The charettes followed months of controversy about the consulting contract, and especially the cost. http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/04/12/do-you-know-who-youre-hiring-april-11-meeting-of-white-flint-implementation-committee/, http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/04/13/diane-schwartz-jones-responds-to-concerns-about-public-amenities-charette-process/.…Read More
From Nkosi Yearwood, chief planner for White Flint:
The November meeting of the White Flint Implementation Advisory is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Wall Local Park (5900 Executive Blvd). The proposed sketch plan for White Flint Mall is the main agenda item.