Tag Archives: Urban Design
**Updated at 9:50am with ways to be heard on the proposed budget.
Over the summer, we told you about the county’s Capital Improvement Programs budget. This budget covers all capital projects (think physical projects, like buildings and roads) and is created as a six-year plan every other year. This is a capital budget creation year. … Read More
In past posts, we have focused on White Flint, and Montgomery County in general’s, efforts to attract younger generations to live, work, and play in the cities throughout the county. Though the younger, millenial generation is important for White Flint to draw in, it seems the aging baby boomer generation may find their place in White Flint’s new multifamily units and apartments first.… Read More
Comments Off on Can Bike Signals Make Biking Safer?
We have been focusing a lot of attention on the safety of pedestrians and bikers. Another element that could help the safety of Montgomery County residents are bike signals or boxes, similar to walk signals. Bike boxes were just recognized by American engineers to be included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), according to Angie Schmitt.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint Implementation Committee January Meeting Next Week
The January 2014 White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee meeting will take place on Monday, January 13, 2014, 7 p.m., at Wall Local Park/ Shriver Aquatic Center. The White Flint Sector Plan Advisory Committee is made up of property owners, residents and interest groups that have interest in the redevelopment of the Sector Plan area, as well as representatives from the Executive Branch.… Read More
Comments Off on Is Bicycling in the United States More Dangerous?
Bicycling is an excellent form of transportation used by many in countries across the world. Ensuring the safety of bicyclists is an important issue, especially as bicycling becomes more popular. Matt Phillips, from The Quartz identified a report completed by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that shows that the safety of bicyclists varies immensely across countries.… Read More
Comments Off on What Do Americans Want Out of Their Neighborhoods?
The latest poll from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), released in late October, focused on Americans’ housing and community preferences. It seems that Americans prefer mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods over subdivisions that require driving as the main source of transportation when they have a choice.
Robert Steuteville points out in his Better!… Read More
Comments Off on Most Walkable Cities
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.… Read More
Comments Off on Is Walking the “New Wonder Drug”?
The design of our cities and towns may have a major impact on our health and well-being. As diseases such as obesity and diabetes rise to epidemic levels in the United States, what strategies are both health professionals and community development practitioners using to combat these health concerns? How does urban design impact the levels of these diseases in the US?… Read More
Like we have mentioned before, the little things or the details in urban design should not be overlooked. These details are was to, first, attract residents and tourists and, second, persuade those visitors to visit the other amenities the area offers. For Baltimore, that is exactly what focusing on crosswalks has done.… Read More
Comments Off on The little things can make a big difference
There’s no doubt that we are thinking big in White Flint. However, as Indianapolis-based blog Urban Indy recently pointed out, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the little things make a big difference in the way people experience a place. As we reported previously, the Downtown Advisory Committee has begun thinking about these very issues, from street trees to sidewalk materials to what the trash cans will look like.… Read More