Category Archives: New Urbanism
The state legislature just passed a bill making it easier to form Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Montgomery County. The bill lowers from 80% to 51% the number of property owners’ signatures needed to create a BID.
The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee and the Greater Bethesda Chamber actively worked to pass the BID bill so that the Pike District can one day form a BID to promote and activate the White Flint area. … Read More
Bethesda Magazine published a terrific story about how design and geography affect walkability. The article is titled, “Lessons Learned from Wisconsin Avenue, A tour of downtown Bethesda’s main street is eye-opening.”
There are lessons for the Pike District, too, as we share many pluses (transit, retail, new development) and minuses (traffic, Route 355, design that favors cars) with Bethesda.… Read More
Comments Off on The Future of Aging Office Buildings
Montgomery Planning Department publishes an interesting blog called The Third Place. In planning, the third place is the social realm separate from home and the workplace, an inclusive forum for dialogue crucial for civic engagement and community building.
One of their recent blogs discussed the future of aging office buildings.… Read More
Comments Off on Why Walkable Works
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Comments Off on Why the Death of the ‘Burbs is Great for the Pike District
The suburbs as we’ve known them ever since Lucy and Ricky moved to the country are dying. And that means great success for the Pike District.
You don’t need to a Ph.D in economics to know that our reliance on e-commerce has resulted in the closing a wide variety of bricks and mortar stores.… Read More
Comments Off on Awesome Infographics on Walkability
Check out these easy to read infographics on walkability from RentToOwnLabs.com. (The perfect light reading for a 70 degree Friday in February.)
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Comments Off on Urbanism Themes for 2017 and Beyond
Forbes Magazine projected what urban areas can expect in the near future, and many apply to the Pike District. You can read the full article here but here are the highlights that relate most to the White Flint area:
The expectation of urban revitalization. 2016 may be the year we recognize that urban revitalization is no longer the exception, but the rule.… Read More
Comments Off on Join Greater Greater Washington for happy hour in White Flint this month!
It’s time for the next Greater Greater Washington (GGW) happy hour! You probably read their blogs and social media posts regularly. So here’s your chance to join them next month in White Flint for drinks and conversation with contributors and readers.
The happy hour is Tuesday, January 17 from 6-8 pm at Owen’s Ordinary, located at Pike and Rose at 11820 Trade Street. … Read More
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Comments Off on Survey Says: More than 70% in the Pike District Would Walk More If It Were Safer
In a survey of 100 area residents conducted in November by the Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign, an overwhelming majority of respondents said they would walk more in the Pike District, if only it were safer
Other revealing findings from the survey include:
70% say driver inattention to pedestrians is the most dangerous obstacle.… Read More