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.

Bike Share Programs Have Had Millions of Rides but No Fatalities

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It was recently found that there still has not been a single fatality of a cyclist using bike-share across the 36 bike share programs in the United States. There has been an estimate of over 23 million rides across the bike-share programs in the U.S., which is a great thing to hear.…

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Meet Our Newest Business Member: Strathmore

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Last week, I meet with Bill Carey, our newest Board of Directors member to learn more about him and our new business member, Strathmore.

Strathmore is one of the major campuses for the arts in Montgomery County. They present concerts, art exhibitions, family festivals, and even afternoon tea events.…

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Arts and Cultural Events Could Help the White Flint Sector Flourish

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It is often said that providing spaces for arts and culture can help communities flourish. Here in the White Flint sector, we often highlight the public spaces in all these new development projects that could potentially host arts and cultural programming. Providing space for these types of programming is a huge incentive for people to visit these new developments and even become future residents.…

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Map of 1/2 Mile Walking Distance to Metro Stations

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PlanItMetro recently create a map showing what is within half a mile walking radius of every Metro station in area. Dan Reed, from Greater Greater Washington, pointed out that “walkshed is bigger in areas with a street grid and short blocks.”  These are the very features planned for the new White Flint.…

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Check out Strathmore’s Appetite Festival This Weekend

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Strathmore is hosting the Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience food festival this weekend!  Starting Friday, August 1st, attendees can enjoy a Happy Hour at 5 pm and hear from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis at 7 pm. Continuing on to Saturday, August 2nd, attendees can participate in the festival events from 11 am- 7:15 pm, with another happy hour at 5 pm and a talk from Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern at 7:30 pm.…

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Rapid Transit Booth at Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

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As Bethesda Now mentioned, last week David Hauck, Executive Director of Communities for Transit, told our happy hour attendees that Communities for Transit will have a booth at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair starting on Friday, August 8th. On August 12th, Isiah Leggett will attend the fair to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit program for the county in a press conference.…

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Urban Park Designs Influence the Health of City Residents

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Parks in cities are more than just pretty places to sit and relax.  They have positive effects on community health. The design of a park “plays a crucial role in how much it is used and, therefore, what level of impact it can make” on community residents.

Jeff Caldwell from UrbDeZine Chicago decided to examine various designs and forms of urban parks, which all have positive effects on the community’s health.…

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Restaurants Draw Individuals to Urban Areas

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What draws you to visit or live in urban areas? A recent study completed by Sasaki Associates found that “food is a major driver of the American urban experience.” Sasaki Associates, a planning and design firm hired a research firm to survey 1,000 people from six different cities across the U.S.: Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.…

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Updates on Gables Residential Project

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**Post is updated to correct information about the Western Workaround, VOB property, and the phases of the Gables Project**

 

In lieu of Gables Residential bringing their White Flint site plan to the Planning Board in the near future, Ed Meder, from Gables Residential, presented their plan to the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Committee this past week.…

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A Take on Streetsense’s Bethesda Beer and Banter Event

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Wednesday evening I attended the Streetsense’s “Beer and Banter” event. Many Millenials, Generation Xs and even a few Baby Boomers attended the event, which was great to see. The event was focused on Millenials who live, work, and/or play in the Bethesda Sector to give them a space to express their needs and wants for the developing region.

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