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: Urban Design

Dockside Green: An extreme(ly cool) example of New Urbanism

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It’s been suggested that the mixed-use community of Dockside Green in Victoria, British Columbia may be “the world’s greenest neighborhood.” Sustainability is truly built into the neighborhood; many of the buildings are certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum.  Features include biomass heat generation, onsite stormwater and sewage treatment, water-efficient appliances, and using environmentally-friendly and low/non-toxic materials like paint, carpets, and salvaged wood products.…

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How does White Flint’s Civic Green compare to other public spaces?

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A few weeks ago, we looked at the White Flint Civic Green, a two-acre public square proposed near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard, and how to make it a great space. The Civic Green is one of several new or renovated public spaces proposed for White Flint, including Wall Park, which I wrote about last week.…

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Wall Park to become more “flexible,” get Gables apartment building next door

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Today, Wall Park at Nicholson Lane and Executive Boulevard is home to a playground, a basketball court and the Shriver Aquatic Center. In the future, it could not only become White Flint’s main outdoor hangout, but a place to live as well.

Representatives from Montgomery Parks and developer Gables Residential presented their plans for a revitalized Wall Park and an adjacent apartment complex at the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting last Monday.…

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Great parks + squares show way for White Flint Civic Green

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Today, the south side of Old Georgetown Road between Rockville Pike and Executive Boulevard is home to car dealerships, a piano store, and huge parking lots. One day, it could be the Civic Green, a 2-acre square that the White Flint Sector Plan dubs “White Flint’s central public place.” To learn make this space successful, we should look at other great public spaces.…

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Walkable, Mixed-Use Neighborhoods are Safer Neighborhoods

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Some of our previous posts have mentioned how mixed-use neighborhoods support healthy bodies, a healthy economy and a healthy environment (particularly through transit). Now, a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania Law Review suggests that areas with a mix of residential and commercial uses are safer than areas with only commercial uses.

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What Local Leaders Say About Smart Growth

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At a recent New Partners for Smart Growth conference the Local Leaders Council of Smart Growth America (Geoffrey Anderson’s group, who recently came to Silver Spring at an event hosted by Coalition for Smarter Growth) gave their take on smart growth and what it meant for their community. Here are some highlights:

As a former police officer and homicide detective, I know first hand the public safety implications of the built environment.…

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Walkability App for Your Phone

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We’ve written before about  Walk Score, which quantifies how walkable streets and cities are. Now, you may be able to see how walkable different places are with the new phone app Walkonomics.

Walkonomics was created by UK resident Adam Davies, who rates walkability based on 8 factors: road safety, ease of crossing the street, quality of pavement/sidewalks, hilliness, ease of navigation, fear of crime, the beauty of the street and if a street is “fun and relaxing.”

The Walkonomics app was just recently released, and, probably owing to its UK origins, we couldn’t find too much information on the streets around us.…

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Seniors and Safety in the Suburbs

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A new study from the Journal of Planning and Education Research suggests that typical suburban neighborhood features may be related to an increased risk of serious injury or death for older adults (75 years or more in this case), both drivers and pedestrians. The abstract states “intersections, strip commercial establishments, big box stores, and arterial thoroughfares were associated with increases in crashes involving older motorists, while big box stores and arterials increased crashes for older pedestrians.”

However, the authors point out that this is not simply due to declines in driving ability associated with age, such as decreased visual acuity and slower reactions times.…

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“Real doors” give human scale, house-like benefits to apartment living

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Houses have their perks: a yard, a private entrance, and a sense of individuality. Apartments have theirs as well: they’re affordable, low-maintenance, and have lots of shared amenities. What if you could get best of both worlds? Several new apartment communities being built in White Flint do just that with something called “real doors.”

What are “real doors”?…

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