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


Theme for the Night: What’s Doable?

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So, the Cliff Notes version of the Financing Appendix? Here’s 40 pages of possible ways to pay for all the infrastructure and improvements in the Sector Plan, but there are really only a few that are realistic. We want to talk about what is do-able.

 Next Planning Board Work Session is Feb.…

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White Flint Steering Committee Meeting

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Live blogging from the Feb. 17 meeting of the White Flint Steering Committee. The topic tonight is financing, with Jacob Sester, of the Planning Staff, presenting his Financing appendix. The appendix and more information can be found on the Planning Board’s regular White Flint planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.

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Friends of White Flint Summary

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A member of the White Flint Steering Committee raised a question about participating in the FLOG vs. joining Friends of White Flint. Here is my response:

FoWF is a Maryland non-profit organization, which I started in September 2007. It is separate from the Planning Board’s White Flint Steering Committee. It has an all-volunteer Board of Directors consisting of Evan Goldman, Suzanne Hudson, Ken Hurdle, Greg Trimmer, and me.…

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Next Steering Committee Meeting: Money

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The next meeting of the White Flint Steering Committee will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7PM in the Silver Spring auditorium of the MNCPPC. Jacob Sesker, “Planner/Coordinator (Explore/Research)” will discuss the new White Flint Planning: Financing appendix to the White Flint Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.

More information is available, including the Financing Appendix and a cover memo explaining the Appendix, in the new Steering Committee Section of the White Flint Planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.…

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Friends of White Flint Elects New Directors

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The Friends of White Flint are pleased to announce that today the Board of Directors unanimously elected two new members to the Board of Directors:

Ken Hurdle, a resident of Luxmanor, and a member of the White Flint Steering Committee; and

Greg Trimmer, from JBG, who has been active in the Steering Committee meetings.…

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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.

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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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