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


Is PAMR accurate or useful?

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The Policy Area Mobility Review (PAMR) process is used by the Montgomery County Council to calculate a balance between transit and auto congestion. Extensive discussion of what PAMR means for planning purposes. “So is this even useful for us?”

Well, Dan Hardy still uses it.

Barnaby Zall…

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Robinson: We can’t be complacent about transit

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Commissioner John Robinson, during a long discussion of the psychology of transit, points out that we can’t just say that transit is available, so congestion will disappear. It’s still a function of planning to work with all the factors, as they have been, to make sure that the urban design reflects not just the transit theoretical case, but the practical, real-world experience, in which commuters have many reasons to use or not use transt.…

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These guys are smart

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A personal observation from someone who hasn’t attended a lot of these Planning Board meetings: these guys aren’t overwhelmed by data or by presentations. They dig into the data: e.g., “Dan, do these time estimates include my time walking to the subway station and then to my office?”

I suppose you should expect that in a highly-educated place like Montgomery County, but it’s still refreshing to see public servants taking their responsibilities seriously.…

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Tragedy of the Commons

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Dan Hardy, explaining relative traffic speeds in PAMR, uses the example of “the tragedy of the commons,” a concept originated by the late Garrett Hardin, a Univ of California professor, who pointed out that if you have a free public good, like sheep grazing on the village commons, people will use more than their fair share, because it is in their interest to do so.…

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White Flint going to be a more efficient place to travel in the future

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Dan Hardy’s prediction. WF residents currently take transit in greater numbers than projected in the 92 master plan, so it’s already a success with residents. The need is to get employers to encourage transit use by employees.

So will get better transit use in WF, and transportation appendix plans take that increased transit use into account.…

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Future of White Flint

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Live blogging from Montgomery County Planning Board worksession on White Flint transportation needs. You can access live coverage from the Planning Board’s own site; link from regular White Flint planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.

Dan Hardy, transportation planner, and Piera Weiss, are discussing the Transportation Appendix with the Board. Hardy notes that White Flint development is likely to be slightly younger and less expensive than nearby Bethesda.…

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Upcoming Planning Board Work Session

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The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled to hold its next work session on the White Flint Sector Plan on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 AM in the Silver Spring auditorium. The work session will focus on transportation. The White Flint Steering Committee will participate; it’s unclear what the format of that participation will be.…

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Revealed! Dan Hardy’s Appendix!

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Dan Hardy is the chief transportation planner for the White Flint Sector Plan. Today he revealed his addition to the Sector Plan: an appendix on transportation. Transportation is one of the most important parts of the new plan, and has been the focus of both recent meetings of the White Flint Steering Committee.…

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Royce Hanson on Future of Development

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Royce Hanson is the Chairman of the Planning Board (and of the MNCPPC), and has guided development thought in Montgomery County for many years. He has recently spoken out on the changing nature of development in Montgomery County and has embraced a form of the “new urbanism” effort which is popular in urban planning circles.…

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