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: Walkability

Homes near walking or bicycle trails enjoy premiums of up to 10%

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In an article in Market Watch yesterday, “homes near walkable, and often bikeable, trails enjoy premiums of between 5% to 10%, according to an analysis by Headwaters Economics, a research group focused on community development and land management issues.”

The article added, “What’s happening is, a little bit of the city is following people into the suburbs,” says Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based land and real estate research and education group.…

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Easy, proven ways to make it better for pedestrians

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According to Wired Magazine, if you really want to get more people walking, install lots of street furniture, make sure there are plenty of windows on the ground floors of buildings, and prioritize spaces that engage passers-by—like stores—over those that don’t—like parking lots.

To encourage people to ditch their cars and walk, commission public art, let restaurants offer outdoor dining, and invest in grand plazas.…

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A few factoids to enliven the conversation at your fun-filled holiday weekend activities

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With all of us making plans to ride bikes, take walks, and dine outside at a favorite restaurant’s sidewalk seating on this holiday weekend, I thought I’d cite a few healthy living factoids that you can toss around at your Memorial Day BBQ:

  • Twenty-five percent of Americans say that traffic makes it unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods

  • Nearly four in ten people –38 percent — say that their communities lack outdoor places for recreation

  • Fifty-four percent say shopping and entertainment are not within walking distance

  • Forty-eight percent say bike lanes are insufficient to make biking a practical mode of transportation

  • Half of Americans want to live in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, including sidewalks and crosswalks

  • One-fifth of Americans view walkability as a top priority.

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MCDOT Acting Director Says There Is No More Room For New Roads In the County

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The acting director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Al Roshdieh, announced that, “the local road network is essentially built out” and MCDOT’s focus will turn towards walkability strategies and creating other forms of transit in the county.

Roshdieh spoke about MCDOT’s approach in an interview published by the county last week.…

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“Walkability” vs. “Ability to Walk”

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In relation to many of the discussions from our Friends of White Flint meeting last night, I want to discuss the important elements that define walkability. Many of our residents, local business owners, and property owners and developers are concerned about the walkability of the White Flint sector, which is essential to the success of this sector.…

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Map of 1/2 Mile Walking Distance to Metro Stations

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PlanItMetro recently create a map showing what is within half a mile walking radius of every Metro station in area. Dan Reed, from Greater Greater Washington, pointed out that “walkshed is bigger in areas with a street grid and short blocks.”  These are the very features planned for the new White Flint.…

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Walking is for All Ages

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I’m often approached by older and more established residents who are concerned that the focus in White Flint is too heavily placed on drawing millenials, rather than attracting and keeping retirees.   In those conversations, I’ve pointed to several ways that the new White Flint will serve residents all along the age spectrum.  …

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Getting Out of Your Car Will Lengthen Your Life

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There are many reasons we believe that the redevelopment of White Flint is an important step toward a healthier and more sustainable future.  Just one of those is the promise of being able to shorten our commutes.  Whether White Flint residents will live within walking distance to their work or to transit, studies continue to confirm that sitting in our cars during long commutes shortens our lives.  …

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White Flint Helps Boost Region’s Walkability Rating

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A recent study has looked at 558 walkable urban places within the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the United States and has found that the Washington region is at the top of the list!  Rankings were determined by looking at how many of these walkable urban places were located within each metropolitan area, as well as how many retail and offices spaces were concentrated within.  …

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