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.

White Flint Mall transformation shows way for other struggling malls

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White Flint Mall opened in 1977 as the emblem of Montgomery County’s rising suburban affluence, but over time the luxury mall began to show its age. Now located at the center of the urbanizing White Flint Sector Plan area, the mall’s transformation into an urban neighborhood is a sign of where the county’s going.…

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See White Flint grow over time

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Today, White Flint is a regional employment and shopping destination. Tomorrow, it could be a new downtown for Montgomery County. But just a few decades ago, White Flint was just a rural crossroads. Using aerial photos from Google Earth and the county’s Geographic Information Services, or GIS software, we can track the development of White Flint over time.…

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A Very Happy Hour!

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Nearly one-hundred people came out to talk about the future of White Flint at a happy hour Tuesday evening co-hosted by the Friends of White Flint and the Coalition for Smarter Growth at Seasons 52 on Rockville Pike.

County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner offered a few words about the potential of White Flint as envisioned in the White Flint Sector Plan, which the council passed in 2010.…

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White Flint’s future is more than “hip”

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Next week, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Friends of White Flint are hosting a happy hour on how to “make the suburbs hip.” While that might conjure images of trying to jury-rig H Street on Rockville Pike, the transformation of White Flint goes much further than that. The redevelopment of strip malls and parking lots into real urban places has real social, economic and environmental benefits.…

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East Village promises “heterogeneity, surprise” for White Flint

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UPDATE: We’ve added images courtesy of Foulger-Pratt of the current proposal for East Village and the former design for comparison.

The White Flint Sector Plan envisions Rockville Pike as a grand boulevard with tall buildings. But what about the side streets? Is there an opportunity to create a more intimate experience there?…

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“Real doors” give human scale, house-like benefits to apartment living

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Houses have their perks: a yard, a private entrance, and a sense of individuality. Apartments have theirs as well: they’re affordable, low-maintenance, and have lots of shared amenities. What if you could get best of both worlds? Several new apartment communities being built in White Flint do just that with something called “real doors.”

What are “real doors”?…

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Growing MoCo’s tree canopy has health, economic rewards

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Trees are an important part of any urban environment, providing shade, oxygen, and even calming traffic. Of course, they’re also great to look at. As a result, protecting and expanding Montgomery County’s tree canopy has been a growing issue in recent months.

A study done by the University of Vermont for the Montgomery County Planning Department found that while half of the county is covered by trees, the county’s urban areas have a much smaller tree canopy.…

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Pike + Rose: the stakes are high, but the benefits could be huge

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Federal Realty’s mixed-use developments have transformed suburbs from Bethesda to San Jose. But the size and ambition of their newest project, Pike + Rose in White Flint, will test the limits of creating an urban place from scratch.

Last week, the Rockville-based developer unveiled their plans for Pike + Rose, a new neighborhood that will be built over the next several years at the former Mid-Pike Plaza shopping center at Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway.…

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Ticket to Ride: Where Feet, Bikes and Transit Beat Cars in MoCo Neighborhoods

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For decades, Montgomery County has promoted transit-oriented development as a way to provide alternatives to driving, but some say it hasn’t worked, claiming most people “will drive no matter what.” However, a detailed look at commuting habits in specific neighborhoods clearly shows that people will leave their cars at home if there are other options.…

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White Flint View to be “considerably different” than other new apartments

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There are lots of buildings going up across White Flint, but representatives from developer The Dolben Company say their proposed apartment building, to be built at the corner of Nicholson Lane and Citadel Avenue, will stand out.

Dubbed White Flint View, the project “will look considerably different than other towers being built on Rockville Pike,” boasted architect Jim Voelzke at a public meeting at the Shriver Aquatic Center.…

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