Montgomery County Wants To Chase Boston In Life Sciences. Elrich: ‘We Punch Below Our Weight

From Bisnow

When it comes to developing the fast-growing life sciences sector, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants to make something clear: He knows the county can do better.

“Montgomery County has, admittedly, a really bad reputation for handling development. We are working overtime to change that,” Elrich said at Bisnow’s Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences & Biotech summit on Tuesday. “We punch below our weight, and so my goal is to start punching at our weight.”

Currently, Montgomery County has one submarket in particular where it is directing state and county investment. Elrich said he is partnering with WMATA and the state of Maryland to develop 11.5 acres around the North Bethesda Metro station, formerly White Flint, joining buildings like 935 Prose Street to create a mixed-use life sciences hub.

That kind of urbanized development convinced Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to “put skin in the game for the first time,” Elrich said, with a $16M investment to improve transportation and other infrastructure needs near  North Bethesda.

Read the entire article here

Free Thursday Night Concert Series and Friday Night Salsa in the Pike District  

Thursdays in the Park, a free concert series, is returning this year to the heart of the Pike District, and Friday Night Salsa, a free salsa dance party, is joining in on the fun. Both events will take place in a pop-up park at Grand Park Avenue and Banneker Street, by the Montgomery County Conference Center garage.  

The conc

ert series starts Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continues for nine consecutive weeks. Friday Night Salsa starts Friday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues each consecutive week through July. 

For both events each week, food and beverage vendors will be on-hand to bring a variety of food options and attendees 21 and older can indulge in a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Hang out and enjoy the live music on Thursdays, challenge friends to a salsa dance-off on Fridays, or take advantage of both!  

All are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to set up in the park or relax in our Adirondack chairs and dine at our picnic tables.  

Thursdays in the Park Concert Schedule: 

June 2:  DRIVEN TO CLARITY DUO (rock) 

June 9: DAVID THONG DUO (rock, pop, indie) 

June 16: ELIZABETH & PHIL DUO (rock, pop) 

June 23: WILD WHISPERS DUO (folk-pop)

June 30:  JULIET LLOYD DUO (pop, rock) 

July 7: EBB & NOVA DUO (folk-pop)

July 14:  CHASING AUTUMN DUO (rock)

July 21: BRADY O’CONOR DUO (rock)

July 28: THE BREAKAWAYS ACOUSTIC QUARTET (rock, pop)

Friday Night Salsa Schedule:

For up-to-date information and to check for weather-related changes, visit www.pikedistrict.org or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

RCA MusicFest 2022 this Saturday, May 7

Please join us this Saturday for our annual MusicFest event at the Civic Green!

WHERE: The RCA Civic Green @ Randolph Hills Shopping Center map
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 5pm-8pm
RSVP to the Facebook Event

Featuring Musical Performances by:

  • Keeping Time (blues, jazz, pop)
  • Eric Wisotzky (acoustic rock)
  • The Toodletown Three (vintage country and rock & roll)
  • Mark Nensel (acoustic rock)
  • Warped Vinyl (80s and 90s rock)

Featuring Local Vendors:

Terrible news to share

Former Friends of White Flint board member Eric Grosse died last week. He was walking on the Trolley Trail and crossing Tuckerman Lane when the driver of an SUV hit and killed him.

Eric was always the first to volunteer and was incredibly dedicated to making his community more walkable, more vibrant, and more liveable.

Eric was an important part of Friends of White Flint and our community, and he will be deeply missed.

You can read more about the crash in this news article and read his obituary here.

How asphalt art can protect vulnerable road users

From Greater Greater Washington

This article was first published in Streetsblog.

Turns out, paint can be protection, at least when it’s done right.

Installing asphalt art on roads and intersection can cut crashes between motorists and other road users by a staggering 50%, a new study finds — and the experts behind it say it’s time for policymakers to treat this life-saving traffic-safety treatment as more than just a frill.

In a new report from Bloomberg Philanthropies, researchers analyzed crash rates and driver behavior before and after traffic-calming art projects were added to the 17 US roads and intersections for which the best possible data and imagery was available. Those projects included colorful crosswalks and curb-extending murals that visually shorten a pedestrian’s crossing distance, among other innovative designs — and notably, most of them didn’t incorporate any other hard-infrastructure improvements at the time they were painted.

Not only did the projects slash crashes involving vulnerable road users in half, they also lessened injury-causing crashes by an average of 37%, and cut overall crashes by 17%, too. Drivers even yielded to pedestrians in colorful crosswalks 27% more often, even though many intersections featured high-visibility paint before.

Those stats might seem surprising, given how rare asphalt art is in US cities — and the fact that the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices proposes banning it because of dubious safety concerns.

Many city transportation leaders, however, have touted the benefits of treating the street as a canvas for years, even if those benefits weren’t quantified until now.

Read the rest of the article here

The Farmers Market is Back at Pike & Rose

Pike Central Farm Markets is opening this coming Saturday April 30th next to Bark Social in the Pike and Rose Complex.

They will be open every Saturday until Christmas from 9:00 AM to1:30 PM.

They will have gifts, live music, and of course, the freshest local produce, meats and poultry, seafood, dairy, cheeses, bakery, pasta, prepared foods, flowers, plants and herbs. They are pet and family friendly, so please come out and connect with and support your local farmers!

Homesense Coming to Montrose Crossing

From MoCo Show

Homesense is coming to 12013 Rockville Pike in Rockville, the former site of A.C. Moore, according to Store Reporter. Homesense is owned by the same company that owns HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.’

Cosmopolitan magazine describes Homesense as “HomeGoods on steroids.” The chain sells furniture, rugs, lighting, kitchenware, home décor, and books.

According to it’s website, “We travel the world to bring savvy home curators an ever-changing selection and exceptional savings for every corner of their home,” and “explore a new home décor store with aisles of unexpected finds, and an ever-changing selection of famous brands and global discoveries—all with genuine value. Homesense is part of the HomeGoods family.”

At this time no opening information has been announced

Why Smart Growth Communities are Best for the Environment (in honor of Earth Day)

From the US EPA

Here are a few reasons why Smart Growth Communities (like the Pike District) are so good at protecting our environment:

  • They conserve resources by reinvesting in existing infrastructure and rehabilitating historic buildings.
  • By designing neighborhoods that have homes near shops, offices, schools, houses of worship, parks, and other amenities, communities give residents and visitors the option of walking, bicycling, taking public transportation, or driving as they go about their business.
  • A range of different housing types makes it possible for senior citizens to stay in their neighborhoods as they age, young people to afford their first home, and families at all stages in between to find a safe, attractive home they can afford.
  • Through smart growth approaches that enhance neighborhoods and involve residents in development decisions, these communities are creating vibrant places to live, work, and play.
  • The high quality of life makes these communities economically competitive, creates business opportunities, and strengthens the local tax base.

Development guided by smart growth principles can minimize air and water pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties, and preserve natural lands. Where and how we develop directly affects natural areas and wildlife habitat and replaces natural cover with impervious surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. Development patterns and practices also indirectly affect environmental quality since they influence how easily people can get around.

Smart growth practices can lessen the environmental impacts of development with techniques that include encouraging compact development, reducing impervious surfaces, safeguarding environmentally sensitive areas, mixing land uses (e.g., homes, offices, and shops), promoting public transit, and improving pedestrian and bicycle amenities.

For more information on the environmental effects of development and the benefits of smart growth, see Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd edition).

light rail train in a station with people

Air Quality

Compact communities with a mix of uses and transportation options make it easy for people to choose to walk, bicycle, or take public transit instead of driving. People who choose to drive generally can drive shorter distances. Less travel by motor vehicles can reduce air pollution by smog-forming emissions and other pollutants.

Climate Change

new colorful multifamily housing along a street

Transportation options and land use patterns that reduce air pollution also cut the emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Using energy-efficient, green building techniques can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use. Smart growth strategies can also help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Water Quality

plants in a rain garden next to a sidewalk

Compact development and open space preservation can help protect water quality by reducing the amount of paved surfaces and by allowing natural lands to filter rainwater and runoff before it reaches drinking-water supplies. Green infrastructure techniques, which mimic natural processes to capture, hold, absorb, and filter stormwater, can be incorporated into streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and buildings.

Open Space Conservation

dirt path leading through the woods

Preserving natural lands and encouraging growth in existing communities protects farmland, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and natural water filtration that ensures clean drinking water.

The final candidates in District 4 (and elsewhere in the county)

Now that the filing deadline has passed, in District 4, the new county council district that includes North Bethesda, here are the final candidates:

County Council District 4 (North Bethesda, Kensington, Silver Spring, Takoma Park)

  • Al Carr (D)
  • Amy Ginsburg (D)
  • Troy Murtha (D)
  • Kate Stewart (D)
  • John Zittrauer (D)
  • Cheryl Riley (R)

Learn more from Bethesda Beat

The election date has also been finalized for July 19. Early Voting will be held July 7 to July 14

If you’re going to be on vacation in July, request for a vote-by-mail ballot by Tuesday, July 12 by visiting https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov