Belated (but still great) pics from the recent walking tour of White Flint

Yeah, the tour was two weeks ago, but there’s been so much news we haven’t had a chance to post the photos from the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s walking tour of White Flint.  We loved listening to Chris Conklin from MCDOT, Councilmember Roger Berliner, Ken Hartman from the Bethesda Regional Services Center, and Mickey Papilon from Pike and Rose teach a large crowd of walkers about the ever-changing, wonderful Pike District/White Flint area. Friends of White Flint was excited to be a part of this successful event.

Will you be joining us Saturday for an educational and interesting walking tour of White Flint?

The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) is hosting a walking tour that explores White Flint’s rapidly developing strides in livability and walkability on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

Featured speakers include District 1 Councilmember Roger Berliner; Chris Conklin, Deputy Director for Transportation Policy; Ken Hartman, Director, Regional Services Center; Mickey Papillon, Vice President – General Manager, Pike & Rose; Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director of Friends of White Flint; and Pete Tomao, Montgomery County Advocacy Manager – Coalition for Smarter Growth.

As the new Pike & Rose development moves forward and residents make headway on more accessible, visible crosswalks through our Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign (PikePeds,)  you’ll see firsthand what’s changed and what’s left to be done to make White Flint more resident- and pedestrian-friendly.

Come along as Coalition for Smarter Growth, Friends of White Flint, and County officials revisit the site of Montgomery’s premier suburban retrofit. You’ll learn about PikePeds’ successful community efforts for safer streets, Phase 2 of the Pike & Rose project, and more upcoming developments that will shape the future of this transit-accessible neighborhood.

Walk with CSG to explore the past, present, and future of this emerging hub of development!

CSG tours are active, so please wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle!

Learn more and RSVP by clicking here.

White Flint: A walkable win · Hosted by Coalition for Smarter Growth

The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) is hosting a walking tour that explores White Flint’s rapidly developing strides in livability and walkability on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

As the new Pike & Rose development moves forward and residents make headway on more accessible, visible crosswalks through our Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign (PikePeds,)  you’ll see firsthand what’s changed and what’s left to be done to make White Flint more resident- and pedestrian-friendly.

Come along as Coalition for Smarter Growth, Friends of White Flint, and County officials revisit the site of Montgomery’s premier suburban retrofit. You’ll learn about PikePeds’ successful community efforts for safer streets, Phase 2 of the Pike & Rose project, and more upcoming developments that will shape the future of this transit-accessible neighborhood.

Walk with CSG to explore the past, present, and future of this emerging hub of development!

CSG tours are active, so please wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle!

Learn more and RSVP by clicking here.

Montrose Parkway East

SHA/MCDOT want to extend Montrose Parkway to Parklawn Drive. Supporters of Friends of White Flint have differing opinions on this road. They’ve expressed opinions that range from “needed road to bring traffic from the east” to “good idea but a terrible SPUI intersection that needs to be changed” or “over my dead body will that road be built.”

Yesterday, the Coalition for Smarter Growth sent out an alert concerning funding (or more accurately, not funding) Montrose Parkway. I want to share it with you, in case there are Friends of White Flint supporters who want to participate in their email campaign urging the County Council  “to properly fund our school and transit needs, not the Montrose Parkway East extension.”  Here is the CSG alert.

Stop a highway, save a school

Badly-needed school funding, or an unneeded new highway in walkable White Flint: which should Montgomery County fund?

Before Thursday’s County Council hearing on the budget, tell councilmembers to properly fund our school and transit needs, not the Montrose Parkway East extension.

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With the latest price tag clocking in at $140 million for just 8,000 feet, extending Montrose Parkway is an expensive boondoggle and incompatible with the walkable White Flint plan.

What’s a better use for this $140 million ($90 million in this six-year capital improvement program)? Properly funding new school construction and bus rapid transit.

We don’t want a new Montrose Parkway East undermining a walkable, transit-friendly White Flint. What we do want are top quality schools for our children and modern transit to attract and retain top employers, like Marriott, and the revenue they generate.

In tough fiscal times, we should put our tax dollars where they can do the most good: schools and transit, not the Montrose Parkway East extension.

This past January, Coalition for Smarter Growth supporters like you spoke up when County Executive Leggett’s budget contained over $300 million dollars for new roads and nothing for bus rapid transit or near term bus improvements. The County Executive heard you and committed funds to both. We know the power our community has when we speak up. Tell the County Council to fund schools and transit, not the Montrose Parkway East extension.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Coalition for Smarter Growth

Rapid Transit Presentation in Bethesda On April 30th

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Communities for Transit, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Bethesda Green are sponsoring a public meeting on the Bus Rapid Transit system planned for Montgomery County on Wednesday, April 30th. The meeting will include a presentation and time for questions from the public. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Avenue, #200 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

You can RSVP here for the event.

The BRT system planned for the county includes a route on MD 355, the main commuting route through Rockville, White Flint, and Bethesda. For more information the BRT system, click here.

Friends Around Town

Your Friends have been out in the community over the last month and we’re grateful to our partners for engaging us in these fascinating opportunities.  Dan Reed and I were both panelists during a Montgomery Housing Partnership breakfast focused on social media in community engagement.

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Rob Goldman (President of MHP), Brandon Jenkins (Popularise.com/Fundrise.com), Dan Reed (FoWF and JustUpThePike.com), Lindsay Hoffman (FoWF) & Evan Glass (Moderator & MHP Board Member)

Montgomery Housing Partnership’s mission is to expand and preserve affordable housing in Montgomery County – something that will become an issue in White Flint if the county truly wants to draw a younger demographic.  MHP doesn’t just advocate, they also walk the talk by “acquiring, rehabilitating, building and managing quality affordable housing.”

Friends of White Flint was very proud to be part of Coalition for Smarter Growth’s Walking Tours and Forum Series.  “White Flint: From Drag to Desirable” was the topic that kicked off this season of walking tours – and to a sold out crowd!  Nearly sixty people joined Stewart Schwartz of CSG, Nkosi Yearwood of the Planning Department, Tommy Mann from Federal Realty and me on a beautiful morning’s trek through the past, present and future of White Flint.

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Photos by Aimee Custis for Coalition for Smarter Growth

 

The tour was a great way to feel and see the differences between streets that solely car-focused, as opposed to those that consider all travelers.  Features like tree buffers, bike lanes, benches and trash cans equalize priorities among pedestrians, bikers and drivers.  Many of our main White Flint streets still have a long way to go in becoming truly walkable.

Friends of White Flint also hosted a Developer Showcase on April 30th in the Whole Foods Rockville café.  It was an opportunity for the community to browse new projects in White Flint’s future, and meet the people behind the ideas.   Paladar Latin Kitchen, Montgomery County Parks Department (Wall Park), LCOR (North Bethesda Center), Lerner Enterprises (White Flint Mall), and Federal Realty Investment Corp (Pike & Rose) were all available to chat, show their plans and share guacamole.  Friends of White Flint member Chevy Chase Land Company was also present with information about their plans for Chevy Chase Lake.

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Over 100 visitors checked out the exciting plans for White Flint and appreciated seeing the images up close.  If you weren’t able to join us that rainy morning, let us know if you’d like us to host a similar event on an upcoming evening!

Finally, Friends of White Flint has begun a monthly presence at the Pike Central Farmers Market!  Find us among the food trucks and produce and learn more about your community while you browse!

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And, wherever you see us – don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on the plans for White Flint.  We’re here to have a positive and consensus-building conversation.  Join in!