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


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North Bethesda Market Phase II Community Meeting

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JBG hopes you will all join us for a presentation of our proposed plan for North Bethesda Market Phase II. The meeting will occur on Thursday June 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Bethesda North Conference Center in the Brookside A room. This is a meeting in advance of our anticipated filing of Site Plan and Preliminary Plan of Subdivision in July.…

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White Flint to boost health and help the environment? Experts say yes.

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Plan to Reduce Sprawl will Boost Health, EnvironmentBy Andres Duany and Jeff Speck

Saturday, October 16, 2010

From the billboard, a young woman’s face smiles at us against a leafy background. Scrawled across the image in a jaunty white script is a promise: “I will leave the car at home more.” The logo in the lower right-hand corner: Chevron.…

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North Bethesda Market Delivers

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The JBG Companies is thrilled to be reaching completion on North Bethesda Market, a 650,000 SF mixed-use project 2 blocks from the White Flint Metro station.  North Bethesda Market offers 397 residences in two distinct buildings, a 24-story hi-rise and a 6-story mid-rise with abundant ground floor retail.

The apartments are now leasing, and the first residents moved in last weekend. 

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TOD Database

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Transit Oriented Database Launched

 

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) launched a first-of-its-kind online database to provide access to comprehensive information about more than 4,000 transit zones across the United States. The web tool will help developers, investors, and city officials make planning decisions that take advantage of development opportunities around transit nodes.

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Recent Studies Suggest that White Flint is the Remedy for County’s Revenue Shortfalls

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NEW URBAN NEWS, Volume 15, Number 6 – September 2010

“Best bet for tax revenue: mixed-use downtown development”

Studies in Florida and North Carolina show that dense urban development pays off for local governments. Big-box retail doesn’t.

At a time when local governments are struggling financially, two studies – one in Sarasota County, Florida, the other in Asheville, North Carolina – suggest the one of the best fiscal remedies is dense, mixed-use development.

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White Flint a match for Generation Y consumer desires

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Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers.

By Jim Ostroff

Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol.Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995. …

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White Flint Sector Plan on the correct road to pedestrian safety

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NEW URBAN NEWS  Volume 15, Number 5 – July/August 2010

To save lives, shift from arterial roads

Arterial roads – especially those with heavy traffic volumes, high speeds, and strip commercial developments such as big-box stores – are undermining Americans’ safety. The extent of the danger was investigated recently by Eric Dumbaugh and Wenhao Li of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M.…

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Great Minds Think Alike

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The following is a great article in The Atlantic by Chris Leinberger discussing the increasing preference for dense walkable communities surrounding transit.  It also describes the past and present success of funding transit infrastructure through private structures.  Sounds a lot (even exactly) like our efforts in White Flint:

 

www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/06/here-comes-the-neighborhood/8093 

Greg Trimmer

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More Data Demonstrating Value of Walkable Communities

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Has Sprawl Recovered Enough for the National Economy?

·Christopher LeinbergerVisiting Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program·     
January 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm·   

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama and University of Florida, sponsored by the Natural Resource Defense Council , shows that car-dependent communities have statistically higher rates of mortgage foreclosure than communities with multiple transportation options, such as transit, biking and walking. …

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