Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

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White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Author Archives: gtrimmer

ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies

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For Immediate Release, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009Source: Action Committee for Transit 

ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies 

The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation has become systematically hostile to transit riders and pedestrians, charges a front-page article in the January 2010 issue of the Action Committee for Transit’s quarterly newsletter, Transit Times.  …

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Wonderful OPED on the flaws in the AGP (and the continued love affair with LOS D)

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Last week an OPED ran in the Gazette that is a wonderful summary of the inherent flaws in the AGP, namely that it solves the symptom not the disease, and that it is an automobile-centric approach that works to the detriment of walkability and transit usage.

Greg Trimmer

 Article follows:

Curing the transportation disease

Is a hair of the dog the way to cure a drunk?

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Redeveloping Parking Lots as a Pedestrian Safety Initiative?

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Add pedestrian safety to the long list of reasons why it’s time for Montgomery County to redevelop its surface parking lots.  According to data released Thursday, 22% of pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots!

See article below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/28/AR2009102803314.html

Greg Trimmer…

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White Flint is now….Award Winning!

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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association announced their 2009 winners, and White Flint was named the Outstanding large-scale Plan for 2009!

Planners,Below is a list of the award winners and honorable mentions for the 2009 Maryland Chapter Awards.

However, before you see the winners, a few remarks….

My original plan was to call all of the award winners and honorable mentions personally prior to sending this email and congratulate them for their efforts. …

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Support for Narrower Streets Grows

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The post World War II United States has seen the width of its streets, both through the addition of lanes and increased lane widths, and the size of turning radii grow dramatically.  Though intended to increase safety, this auto-centric code had the opposite effect – allowing automobiles to drive very fast, particularly around turns where pedestrian and bicycle conflicts are common. …

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Further Evidence that Excess Parking Creates Traffic

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In the Thursday, October 8th Washington Post, Paul Schwartzman, in his article “At NW Mall, So Many Spaces, So Little Need” highlights that parking regulations in many places are antiquated, requiring parking at suburban levels despite the preponderance of walking and transit.  Downtown, the District is losing $100,000 a month on a parking garage they built for Target because “many shoppers walk” or “arrive by bus or Metro.”  In fact, Metro usage at the station adjacent to the development jumped 25%. …

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Interesting ULI commentary on recent smart growth developments

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Transit’s Up, Driving’s Down: Have We Reached the Tipping Point? by Robert Dunphy(This is an excerpt from commentary on ULI’s blog, The Ground Floor.)
Transit use is up, and driving is down—have we reached a tipping point where Americans finally renounce their love affair with the car and adopt more sustainable transportation?

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