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


Tag Archives: new urbanism

Why developers are offering ‘experiences’ to attract suburbanites

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Katherine Shaver of The Washington Post just wrote about the Pike District, suburban urbanism, and mixed-use developments in a must-read article. The first part is below.  Visit The Washington Post to read the entire article.

The new Strathmore Square being planned for Montgomery County will have all the markings of an urban-suburban development: upscale apartments in mid- and high-rise buildings and perhaps office space or a hotel — all at a Metro Red Line station.…

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Urbanism Themes for 2017 and Beyond

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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.…

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Fascinating article about why places like the Pike District are where people want to live over the next ten years

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According to a new ULI report, Demographic Strategies for Real Estate, “surban” communities—suburban neighborhoods offering the most desired features of urban and suburban living—will attract the most households in the United States over the next ten years. (In case you missed the obvious conclusion because you haven’t had your morning coffee, the Pike District is a classic example of a “surban” community.)

“Surban” developments will replace shopping centers – More retail stores will be transformed into places that sell experiences, rather than goods, and more development will combine housing and retail to satisfy consumer demand for places that offer convenient, car-free shopping.…

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New Urbanism — Do You Really Understand It?

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We talk all the time about new urbanism since that is one of the bedrock principles of the Pike District. But how much do you really understand new urbanism? So grab your tablet or phone, sit outside on this lovely warm Monday, and take a quick New Urbanism 101 course with material from www.newurbanism.org.

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What makes a community vibrant?

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Vibrant — it’s such an appealing word. We all want to live in neighborhoods that are vibrant — lively, stimulating, and friendly.

Vibrant centers attract educated millennials and empty nesters—as well as the economic activity they support. Office tenants prefer vibrant suburban centers to typical suburban office parks, and vibrant suburban centers command higher rents, lower vacancy rates, and greater absorption.…

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Corporate America wants transit-friendly offices

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The CEO of Marriott International said this week, ““I think it’s essential we be accessible to Metro and that limits the options. I think as with many other things our younger folks are more inclined to be Metro-accessible and more urban.”

This supports the recent data showing that new urbanism communities like the Pike District, where office workers have just a short walk from their cubicles to transit, housing, restaurants, and entertainment, are the most desirable locations for offices.…

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Restaurants Draw Individuals to Urban Areas

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What draws you to visit or live in urban areas? A recent study completed by Sasaki Associates found that “food is a major driver of the American urban experience.” Sasaki Associates, a planning and design firm hired a research firm to survey 1,000 people from six different cities across the U.S.: Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.…

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South Miami Suburb Revitalization

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South Miami, needed a change and a facelift. It is a suburb of Miami that was once a desirable place full of stores and busy streets. Now, these stores are empty and the streets look like parking lots with wide lanes.  The suburb has lost its appeal.  So, the firm Dover, Kohl & Partners decided to give South Miami its much needed makeover, creating the “Hometown” 20-year plan.

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Most Walkable Cities

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Walkability is one of the driving forces for the changes coming to White Flint. Areas throughout the United States are already considering the need for a walkable design. In an article from Governing, Mike Maciag discusses the most walkable cities in the US and elements of these cities that make them so successful.…

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