Your community needs you to advocate for a NEW redistricting map that does not mute our voice or harm North Bethesda

The redistricting commission has submitted to the council its recommended map for the seven new council districts, and it is not good for North Bethesda.

The proposed district is shaped like a bow tie and combines North Bethesda with Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Many individuals and organizations (including Friends of White Flint, Luxmanor Civic Association, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, and the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, among others) believe the proposed gerrymandered district minimizes our voice in local politics, pulls North Bethesda away from our neighbors and community, and prevents our needs from being met.

We urge you to ask the county council to create a new map. (Contact info is below.) Also, please post your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #aNewMap … and don’t forget to tag all the county council members.
 
Here are more detailed reasons why this proposed map disenfranchises North Bethesda residents and businesses and greatly increases the risk that our needs will be ignored. 

1) North Bethesda’s economic and political sensibilities lie with the Route 355 Corridor, so we should be in a district with others on the corridor. Whether that’s Rockville or Bethesda is for the Council to decide, but it certainly shouldn’t be Silver Spring and Takoma Park.

2) This is a gerrymandered district. The shape of our proposed new district is a bow tie that is neither compact nor composed of adjoining territory as required by law. It does not preserve communities of interest as required by the commission’s ground rules.

3) There are two sides to this bow tie district. The Silver Spring/Takoma Park side of the bow tie has 100,000 people. The other side of the bow tie which includes North Bethesda has 50,000 people. Our voice will be muted and our residents will be disenfranchised. In fact, the Redistricting Committee is on record calling it the Silver Spring District; already North Bethesda is being marginalized.

4) North Bethesda is one of major economic drivers for Montgomery County and its success is vital to the county’s future. It should be more than an afterthought or sacrificial lamb whose district placement is determined because it achieves some of the goals of the redistricting committee. Other people in the county have had more of a say in the redistricting, which we believe is wrong. Why were the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg allowed to insist they must be in the same district but we were not allowed to insist we are in the same district as other Route 355 communities? Some may argue North Bethesda is part of Rockville while others may argue North Bethesda is part of Bethesda. No one believes it is part of Silver Spring.

5) North Bethesda’s ties are to the Bethesda area. We are part of the BCC Regional Services Center, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, and the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. Our children attend schools in Bethesda and North Bethesda. We have few natural ties to the Silver Spring/Takoma Park area.

6) This process is being rushed without sufficient public input, and we will have to live with this redistricting map for the next ten years. Redistricting is too important not to do it right.

What you can do to advocate for our community

We need you to urge the council to create a new map that keeps North Bethesda with its Route 355 neighbors, We also need you to help ensure this becomes a very visible public issue.


1) Write and call ALL the councilmembers before November 18. Just calling our District One Councilmember Andrew Friedson will not have a sufficient impact. It is critical that you reach out to all nine councilmembers. Use the talking points listed above or use your own words. Feel free to copy us at info@whiteflint.org.

Gabe Albornoz  240-777-7959  councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Andrew Friedson  240-777-7828   Councilmember.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov           
Evan Glass  240-777-7966 Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov 
Tom Hucker  240-777-7960 Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Will Jawando  240-777-7811 Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
Sidney Katz  240-777-7906 Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Navarro  240-777-7968 Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Craig Rice  240-777-7955 Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Hans Riemer  240-777-7964 Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov

2) Post on social media your reasons why North Bethesda should not be in the same district as Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Use the hash tag #aNewMap and tag all the councilmembers. Utilize the talking points listed above. 

Facebook Tagging
@MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil 
@andrewfriedson
@willjawando
@friendsoftomhucker
@sidneyakatz
@EvanMGlass
@NancyCNavarro
@HansRiemer4
@councilmemberalbornoz
@ricepolitics
 
Twitter Tagging
@MoCoCouncilMD   
@SidneyKatz4MC
@RicePolitics
@CmHucker
@willjawando
@Andrew_Friedson
@nancy_navarro
@hansriemer
@albornoz_gabe
@MC_Council_Katz
 
Instagram Tagging
@mococouncilmd
 
Thank you so much for your help making sure our voice is heard.
 
For more information, please contact Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, amy.ginsburg@whiteflint.org or visit www.whiteflint.org

North Bethesda saw a 26% increase in the share of renters between 2010 and 2019

According to an article in DCist, North Bethesda, Maryland saw a 26% increase in the share of renters between 2010 and 2019, and it could go renter-majority in the next five years, the analysis says. Gaithersburg, Maryland is heading in the same direction.

“The very definition of suburban living has been rewritten throughout the last decade as suburbs in the nation’s 50 largest metros gained 4.7 million people since 2010 — a whopping 79% of whom were renters,” writes Adrian Popa, a writer for RENTCafé. “What’s more, between 2010 and 2019, the number of suburban renters grew by 22% — a number that dwarfs the 3% increase in suburban homeowners during the same period.”

The study attributes the change to a growing number of residents — especially younger people — priced out of the housing market. Nationally, more than half of suburban renters are younger than 45 with median household earnings around $50,000, according to RENTCafé. Other factors not addressed in the analysis could also be at play, including an increased supply of rental stock in newly developing neighborhoods, changing lifestyle preferences, and rising urban rents that send tenants to the suburbs.

Dozens of other suburban areas could flip to renter-majority in the coming years, encouraged in part by the pandemic, which prompted some cooped-up city dwellers to seek out more square footage.

At the same time, the national homeownership rate is growing, albeit slightly, and particularly among younger adults, other data show. Homeownership grew by slightly less than 1 percentage point among households under age 35 over the past year, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, with households ages 35 to 44 seeing a half percentage point increase. But sharp increases in housing prices have shut lower-income homebuyers out of the market. In D.C., for example, renters had to earn 120% of the area median income — nearly $150,000 — to afford the median-priced home in 2019.

Harpswell Strategies: Ten Things I Know About the MoCo Economy (and you should too!)

Here are some highlights from the Harpswell Strategies post, although you should read the entire post to better understand what they think of the Montgomery County economy. Interesting stuff.

INCOME AND PRODUCTION

MO CO PERSONAL INCOME COMES LESS FROM WAGES AND SALARIES THAN YOU THINK

WAGE AND SALARY INCOME IN MO CO IS INCREASING MORE SLOWLY THAN ELSEWHERE

OVER-RELIANCE ON PROGRESSIVE TAXATION HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN PROBLEMATIC

SECTORS AND INDUSTRIES

GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES IS OUR ECONOMIC STABILIZER

MANUFACTURING IS PERFORMING WELL IN MO CO BUT PROBABLY HAS LIMITED UPSIDE

OFFICE-INCLINED INDUSTRIES ARE PERFORMING VERY POORLY

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT

JULY EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS LOOKED PROMISING

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IS USUALLY “NET NEGATIVE” FROM A FISCAL STANDPOINT

AFFORDABLE HOUSING MIGHT BE AN EXAMPLE OF “TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING”

PLACES AND PLACEMAKING

MONTGOMERY COUNTY NEEDS TO INVEST HEAVILY IN BUILDING “PLACES”

Join the Josiah Henson Community Celebration on Sunday, September 12!

FREE day of family fun, including activities, musical performances, and reenactors. Click here to learn more.

12 – 4 pm

No tickets are required. Please park at Wall Local Park.

• Musical performances to remember our heroes
• Re-enactments to reflect on our past and look towards a hopeful future
• Participate in our Peace Pinwheels demonstration on the grounds and portray how you plan to bring peace to the world

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Josiah Henson Museum & Park tells the story about the life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice.

Visit JHM&P and experience interactive audio and visual presentations. Explore the park engage in personal or group reflection. Engage with the archaeology sites throughout the grounds

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Reserve your spot today!

LOCATION:

Bethesda North Marriott Lawn on Market Street, behind the parking garage..

DATE/TIMES:

Friday, October 1st – 4:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Reservation Slots: 4 – 6 PM | 6 – 8 PM

Saturday, October 2nd – 12:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Reservation Slots: 12 – 2 PM | 2 – 4 PM | 4 – 6 PM | 6 – 8 PM

RESERVATION COSTS:

  • $25 Per Person, includes: (2) two $5 drink credit, (1) one $10 food credit, & (1) one $5 credit donated to charity
  • $15 Designated Driver / Under 21 Person, includes a $15 food voucher

You can make a reservation for up to 8 people. Seating will be based upon first come first serve with available table and adirondack seating options.

Everyone must have a ticket, to track county capacity limits.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

ONSITE BAR/FOOD:

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

PARKING:

Public Parking Garage is offering the first two hours for free, additional hours will be at posted rate.

COVID Compliance:

  • Limited capacity.
  • Must have a ticket to attend.
  • Reservations will be provided in 2 hour increments.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations Onsite

www.pikedistrict.org

Pike District Connector Launch Week – Volunteers Needed

Wednesday September 15, 2021 to Saturday September 18, 2021

Join the Planning Department, MCDOT, and Better Block as they sling paint, swing hammers, and get some dirt under their fingernails installing signage along the Pike District Connector, create ground murals under the guidance of local artists, and build a pollinator garden with plants, art, and seating in Wall Park. All tools will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and a water bottle and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting painted or dirty. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Visit https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-launch-week/ to learn more.

Road Closure: Randolph Road Westbound Lanes Close Starting Today

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will close starting today, August 30, to make way for Pepco construction.

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will be closed starting Monday, as Pepco begins construction for a new substation. The eastbound lanes will remain open, and businesses on the westbound side will be open — as will the sidewalks.

The substation will supply power to the Bethesda and White Flint area, according to a Montgomery County news release. The construction is expected to last 6 months, it said.

“Substation work started in 2020 and associated line work will be performed with overhead and underground construction along Nebel Street, Marinelli Road, Old Georgetown Road, Citadel Avenue, Randolph Road, and Parklawn Drive,” the county’s news release says. “The substation project is expected to be completed by December 2023.”

Reopening date for Old Georgetown Rd. and Executive Blvd.

From MCDOT

Due to weather impacts and a break down at the asphalt plant, the re-opening of the intersection at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is re-scheduled for Tuesday August 31.   The final lift of hot mix asphalt on Old Georgetown Road northbound was being placed when the asphalt plant broke down. The contractor will resume asphalt work on Friday Aug. 27th pending the repair at the plant and possibly Saturday asphalt work will be needed. The pavement marking work has been rescheduled for 8/30/21. The sign work (uncovering) and removal of the detour signs is rescheduled for Tuesday, 8/31/21.  The traffic signals at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard will be set for operation on Tuesday, 8/31/21. All the variable message signs will be changed to the new date “On or about 8/31/21 MD 187, New Traffic Pattern”.   Please reach out to me or our project team if you have any questions.  Your continued patience during construction is appreciated.  

Based on the current weather predictions and a re-opening of the asphalt plant, the anticipated re-opening date for the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is on or about Tuesday August 31st