White Flint Mall opened in 1977 as the emblem of Montgomery County’s rising suburban affluence, but over time the luxury mall began to show its age. Now located at the center of the urbanizing White Flint Sector Plan area, the mall’s transformation into an urban neighborhood is a sign of where the county’s going.…Read More
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Next week, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Friends of White Flint are hosting a happy hour on how to “make the suburbs hip.” While that might conjure images of trying to jury-rig H Street on Rockville Pike, the transformation of White Flint goes much further than that. The redevelopment of strip malls and parking lots into real urban places has real social, economic and environmental benefits.…Read More
Did you know that the changes coming to White Flint are so exciting that even the Sector Plan itself has been winning awards? Most recently, the implementation phase will receive the Smart Growth Communities Award from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Learn more about this, and the plan in general, by following the below link:
Trees are an important part of any urban environment, providing shade, oxygen, and even calming traffic. Of course, they’re also great to look at. As a result, protecting and expanding Montgomery County’s tree canopy has been a growing issue in recent months.
A study done by the University of Vermont for the Montgomery County Planning Department found that while half of the county is covered by trees, the county’s urban areas have a much smaller tree canopy.…Read More
Situated on the west coast of Florida, Naples’ New Urbanism design movement is flourishing:
The nonprofit Urban Land Institute has recognized the redevelopment of White Flint as “a good example of walkability and effective private investment for a suburban project.” Read more from The Examiner by following the below link:
For decades, Montgomery County has promoted transit-oriented development as a way to provide alternatives to driving, but some say it hasn’t worked, claiming most people “will drive no matter what.” However, a detailed look at commuting habits in specific neighborhoods clearly shows that people will leave their cars at home if there are other options.…Read More
Montgomery County has a justifiable reputation as a liberal, innovative county, where taxes are high and so are services. The level of education and civic involvement is very high, and the County is a poster child for the concept of “paralysis by analysis.” Once in a while, however, something crops up which prompts a blink, if not a gasp.…Read More
Every two years, Montgomery County considers whether its public facilities are “adequate” to support the planned growth in the county. This is the Annual Growth Policy process, and the County Council will hear public comments on the 2009-2011 AGP tomorrow night.
The AGP has become a sort of proxy fight over the White Flint Sector Plan, as some persons who oppose some or all of the White Flint Sector Plan testified to the Planning Board during its AGP hearings.…Read More
As published in the Washington Business Journal, July 3-9, 2009:
Montgomery County has released its two-year update of the county’s growth policy. The 37-page document does an excellent job of responding to the biannual requirements, and its 16 appendices are quite formidable. It presents a thoughtful, provocative look ahead for the present and future residents of Montgomery County, as Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson seeks to ensure that future development is “smart” and located near and around transit centers and corridors.…Read More