After public outcry over their earlier proposal, developer BF Saul is back with a new design for a mixed-use complex that will replace the Metro Pike Center shopping center and Staples at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane. Over 60 people came to the monthly White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee meeting at the Shriver Aquatic Center to see it, though concerns remain about how the pedestrian-friendly the new buildings will be.…Read More
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Last week we wrote a lot about why White Flint needs better bicycle infrastructure. Check out “10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure” from the Atlantic Cities for some inspiration on how to make streets more pleasant – and safer – for all users. Examples range from neat places to park your bike, to bike paths that go through museums.…Read More
When finished, Pike + Rose will be a new neighborhood 5 times the size of Bethesda Row. But for now, the 24-acre site at Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway is doing double duty. On one side, it’s still Mid-Pike Plaza, a 1960’s-era strip mall that continues to do business. But at the end of the shopping center, where Toys ‘R’ Us used to be, it abruptly becomes a construction site.…Read More
Councilmember Roger Berliner wrote the following letter to Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Arthur Holmes regarding the 35% design for White Flint’s streets. You can read the text below, or view the PDF here: Councilmember Berliner WF Letter to Director Holmes 6-18-13.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ROGER BERLINER
CHAIR, TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY, & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
June 18, 2013
Dear Director Holmes,
Thank you and other members of the Administration for agreeing to host a meeting with developers,
your staff, and state transportation officials to discuss the western workaround road network for the
White Flint Sector Plan.…
Last Thursday, June 13, the Planning Board approved transmittal of the White Flint Biennial Report to the Council and County Executive. This report is required as part of the monitoring requirements of the sector plan to evaluate which goals are being met and which are harder to achieve, as well as what improvements should be incorporated into the county’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget.…Read More
White Flint’s future as an urban place depends on a street network that welcomes people on foot and bike, not just in cars, and roads that are pleasant to spend time in, not just move through. But Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation may not make getting there easy.
On Monday, MCDOT representatives gave a presentation to the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee about the Western Workaround, a network of new streets on the west side of Rockville Pike.…Read More
Source: Deseret News
Like many aspects of New Urbanism, the notion of complete streets isn’t a totally novel idea. A couple of weeks ago, the Congress for the New Urbanism held their annual conference in Salt Lake City – a city built with complete streets in mind. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, created a plat referred to as the “Plat of the City of Zion,” which laid out a comprehensive grid system for Salt Lake (and was to be used as a template for other Mormon cities).…Read More
With Capital Bikeshare on its way to Montgomery County, local officials are looking at ways to to improve the county’s bike network. White Flint won’t be seeing the bright red bikes anytime soon, but it’s still a good opportunity to look at how the Sector Plan will accommodate bicyclists.
County officials envision the new White Flint as a place where people can get around not just by car, but by foot, bike and transit as well.…Read More
“We tend to think that downtowns should be dynamic, and we expect that. But we seem to have an expectation that the suburbs should forever remain frozen in whatever adolescent form they were first given birth to. It’s time to let them grow up…”
Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, architect, and author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, covers it all in her TED Talk on why and how communities around the country are transforming their suburban landscape.…Read More
In the April-May issue of Better! Cities and Towns Robert Steuteville explains why retail design is so important in our community. The primary example Steuteville uses is a Walgreens in Evanston, Illinois (pictured below), which despite its nonpolluting (“net zero”) design has a huge surface parking lot in a walkable neighborhood.…Read More