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: dan reed!

About dan reed!

Dan Reed writes about planning issues in Montgomery County and is interested in how people, especially young people, experience the urban realm. He grew up in Silver Spring and earned a double degree in Architecture and English at the University of Maryland. Dan recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's in City Planning. Since 2006, Dan has written his own blog, Just Up the Pike, about eastern Montgomery County.

Great parks + squares show way for White Flint Civic Green

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Today, the south side of Old Georgetown Road between Rockville Pike and Executive Boulevard is home to car dealerships, a piano store, and huge parking lots. One day, it could be the Civic Green, a 2-acre square that the White Flint Sector Plan dubs “White Flint’s central public place.” To learn make this space successful, we should look at other great public spaces.…

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Give transit priority, or everyone sits in traffic

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Bus Rapid Transit systems use a variety of features to provide a faster ride, the most important of which is dedicated lanes. But as Montgomery County plans its own BRT network, they could be the first thing to go.

Last week, the Montgomery County Planning Board began discussing the Planning Department’s draft proposal for a 10-line, 79-mile countywide BRT network.…

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Planning Board votes for alterations to Montrose Parkway

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After 40 years of planning, an extension of Montrose Parkway through White Flint could soon become a reality. County and state transportation officials say the highway is needed to move cars, but residents and county planners say it contradicts their goal of making White Flint an urban center.

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended that the State Highway Administration and Montgomery County Department of Transportation change their plan to build a $119 million, 1.62-mile extension of Montrose Parkway from Rockville Pike to Veirs Mill Road.…

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Young adults in Montgomery seek proximity to transit, jobs, hangouts

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Montgomery County community leaders want to draw more Millennials, members of the generation born between 1982 and 2000, hoping that they’ll stick around when they’re older. As they explore ways to attract twenty- and thirtysomethings, from new transit projects to more nightlife, it’s worth looking at where they live in Montgomery County today.…

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CONTEST: What’s your most memorable MoCo transit experience?

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Every day, people in White Flint and across the DC area travel to work, school, or other activities. A select few are what a recent Washington Post article calls “mega-commuters,” who travel more than hour to work each day, whether by car, transit, or another mode.

There aren’t many of these in White Flint: according to these awesome maps generated from Census data, more than 90 percent of commuters in the 20852 zip code travel less than 30 minutes each way to work.…

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Signs of nightlife on Rockville Pike

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If you’re planning a night out, you might naturally gravitate towards Bethesda, Silver Spring or the District. But what about here in White Flint? As it turns out, you could do worse than spending your evening on Rockville Pike.

By now, you’ve probably read the Washington Post article about Montgomery County’s nascent Night Time Economy initiative, intended to make the county a more attractive place to live for young professionals whom officials hope will stick around when they’re older.…

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More transportation funding in Maryland means a stronger economy

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Improving Maryland’s transportation network isn’t just about being “green,” or even moving people and goods. It’s about supporting our regional economy, and a small increase in the gas tax can go a long way.

Earlier this week, University of Maryland Diamondback columnist Andrew Do argued that increasing Maryland’s gas tax would be a “burden” and a “punishment” on drivers.…

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Informal poll suggests people like the name “White Flint”

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On Tuesday, we talked about a new effort by the White Flint Partnership to find a new “brand” for the White Flint area. We also had an informal, completely non-scientific and non-binding poll of some serious (and not-so-serious) new names for White Flint. With 78 responses, here are our results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As it turns out, many folks like the name “White Flint” just fine, as it took 53% of the votes. …

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What’s in a name? White Flint rebranding effort seeks to find out

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When Ben Harris and his wife moved from Logan Circle in DC to an apartment off of Rockville Pike in 2011, he didn’t know what to call his new neighborhood.

“I was telling people where I live and they would ask ‘What neighborhood is that?'” he says.

This confusion inspired the name of Harris’s new local blog, NorthFlintVille.…

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Rockville Pike spared from scaled-back BRT plans

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On the heels of a report suggesting Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit plans are too ambitious, county planners are recommending reducing the number of lines and having less of the system use dedicated lanes.

Planners discussed these recommendations last night at a forum hosted by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, “The Next Generation of Transit,” which discussed how Montgomery County needs to expand its transit network.…

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