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: Rebecca Hertz

About Rebecca Hertz

Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

Ever Heard of the term “Walkblocked?”

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As more urban spaces where residents and community members can feel comfortable and safe biking are developed in the county, the public needs to continue learning more about biking (and pedestrian) etiquette. At the last Friends of White Flint meeting, we discussed pedestrian and biking safety. One discussion focused on the need for biking education around issues such as biking rules for cyclists and drivers alike and biking demarcations such as lanes, cycle tracks, and buffer zones.…

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What’s In a Name Charette

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Last Thursday, the public charette on the renaming of the White Flint sector was hosted by Friends of White Flint and Streetsense, and sponsored by various developers in the White Flint sector.

Dan Hoffman, Montgomery County’s chief innovation officer and a community activist who has been involved in the White Flint sector plan for the past 8 years, was asked to introduce the charette for the attendees which included community residents, concerned citizens, property owners, and developers.…

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City Perch Kitchen & Bar Coming to Pike & Rose

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Bethesda Now has posted details on the new restaurant coming to the Pike & Rose development right above the newly anticipated iPic movie theater. City Perch Kitchen & Bar will be built above the theater. Currently, the theater is scheduled to open in November, a few weeks before the next installment of the Hunger Games movie comes out.…

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September Meetings Around White Flint

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The September meeting for the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee is cancelled.

Here are some updates on issues in the White Flint sector:

  • JBG has submitted the Sketch Plan, Site Plan, and Preliminary Plan Amendments for North Bethesda Market II.
  • Gables Residential has submitted the Preliminary and Site Plans for the Gables White Flint.
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“Walkability” vs. “Ability to Walk”

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In relation to many of the discussions from our Friends of White Flint meeting last night, I want to discuss the important elements that define walkability. Many of our residents, local business owners, and property owners and developers are concerned about the walkability of the White Flint sector, which is essential to the success of this sector.…

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Meet a Business Member: Mark Gollub, CPA PC

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I recently met with another business member of Friends of White Flint, Mark Gollub. Mark runs an accounting firm, Mark L Gollub CPA PC, which has a focus on the practice of taxation for those who are wealthy or have complex tax situations. The firm works with estates, trusts, individuals, real-estate operators, professional practices, small businesses, and some non-profit organizations.…

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Del Frisco’s Grille Slated for a Mid-September Opening in Pike & Rose

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Bethesda Magazine’s, Bethesda Beat mentioned that Del Frisco’s Grille will be the first full-service restaurant to open in the Pike & Rose development. Del Frisco’s Grille plans to open Mid-September, making it the second restaurant to open in the development; Starbucks is the first in the Old Mid-Pike Plaza building. Del Frisco’s serves American style cuisine in a full-service restaurant.…

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“The Smart Crosswalk”

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Ever felt like a crosswalk signal did not give you enough time to cross a street? Well, Singapore is taking a unique approach to address this problem. Singapore is now offering “a system to give certain pedestrians more time to cross.”

Singapore city planners have created this new Green Man Plus technology, which uses a special card like a “smart-trip” only for qualified individuals that will automatically call for additional time at pedestrian crosswalk. …

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New Montgomery County Bikeways Website

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The Montgomery County Planning Department created a new website for information on the bikeways throughout Montgomery County. The website is complete with information on all existing and proposed bikeways, including shared use paths, bike lanes,  signed shared roadways, hard surface park trails, and cycle tracks and a great interactive map. Check it out!…

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Check out the Renderings of the New AMP Music Venue

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Yesterday Bethesda Now posted the new renderings of the AMP music venue by Strathmore. Check them out here! AMP is located in the main commerical building in the Phase 1 of Federal Realty’s Pike & Rose and is slated to have 250 seats for music events. It can also be rented for private events!  …

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