Comments Off on Want better streets in White Flint? Tell the governor, says MCDOT
White Flint’s future as an urban place depends on a street network that welcomes people on foot and bike, not just in cars, and roads that are pleasant to spend time in, not just move through. But Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation may not make getting there easy.
On Monday, MCDOT representatives gave a presentation to the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee about the Western Workaround, a network of new streets on the west side of Rockville Pike.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint needs a connected bike network
With Capital Bikeshare on its way to Montgomery County, local officials are looking at ways to to improve the county’s bike network. White Flint won’t be seeing the bright red bikes anytime soon, but it’s still a good opportunity to look at how the Sector Plan will accommodate bicyclists.
County officials envision the new White Flint as a place where people can get around not just by car, but by foot, bike and transit as well.… Read More
Comments Off on New parking regulations are looser, but not enough
Montgomery County’s new zoning code will allow less parking in new developments in order to use land more efficiently and encourage alternatives to driving. However, the regulations still require parking in ways that will hinder the walkable urban places the county wants to build.
For 4 years, the Planning Department has been revising its complicated, unwieldy code, which sets rules for how buildings and neighborhoods are laid out.… Read More
Comments Off on Larger apartments could draw families to White Flint
We’ve noted before that a growing number of families are interested in urban living, whether to be closer to work, to be less reliant on driving, or to give their kids more exposure and independence. However, apartments or condominiums big enough for families can be hard to find, even in areas like White Flint with lots of new construction.… Read More
Comments Off on BRT supporters turn out for public hearing, but skeptics remain
Over 50 speakers packed the Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring last night to offer comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit network. During a hearing that lasted over 3 hours, residents debated the merits of the 10-route, 79-mile system envisioned by county planners.
A slight majority of speakers spoke in favor of the plan, saying BRT could give people a real alternative to driving and support projected population and employment growth.… Read More
There are many questions surrounding Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal, but there’s just one the Planning Board will consider next Thursday: whether we should set aside room on our main streets for public transit. The answer is decidedly yes.
It’s been 5 years since Councilmember Marc Elrich first proposed a countywide network of rapid bus routes.… Read More
Some call it White Flint, while others call it North Bethesda. One hundred years ago, they called it Windham.
The White Flint Partnership, a coalition of area landowners seeking to transform Rockville Pike from a suburban strip into an urban downtown, are working on a branding scheme for the area.… Read More
A few weeks ago, we looked at the White Flint Civic Green, a two-acre public square proposed near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard, and how to make it a great space. The Civic Green is one of several new or renovated public spaces proposed for White Flint, including Wall Park, which I wrote about last week.… Read More
Comments Off on Wall Park to become more “flexible,” get Gables apartment building next door
Today, Wall Park at Nicholson Lane and Executive Boulevard is home to a playground, a basketball court and the Shriver Aquatic Center. In the future, it could not only become White Flint’s main outdoor hangout, but a place to live as well.
Representatives from Montgomery Parks and developer Gables Residential presented their plans for a revitalized Wall Park and an adjacent apartment complex at the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting last Monday.… Read More
Comments Off on Young families seeking urban living face new challenges
More and more Millennials, or young adults in their 20’s and early 30’s, are choosing to live in urban areas. Unlike their parents, however, they don’t want to leave when they have kids. While families seeking the urban lifestyle may face some challenges, there are huge opportunities for places that can convince them to stick around.… Read More