Check out this quick 3 minute interview at the Motley Fool with Jeff Speck, a local Washingtonian and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. In the interview Speck talks about Wolverine Worldwide, a business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that had no trouble attracting talent to their company but had trouble retaining it.…Read More
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Patrick Doherty, director of the Smart Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation explains in a Foreign Policy Magazine article that our country’s economic engine is “misaligned to the threats and opportunities of the 21st century,” arguing that many of our current policies outlived their usefulness after the Cold War. Transforming our housing and transportation policies are one piece of Doherty’s “grand strategy” for our country.…Read More
Pontevedra, a city in northwest Spain, had a problem. As the capital of its province, county and municipality, Pontevedra was attracting a ton of automobile traffic. The solution? Eduardo Ares explains on the Polis blog that instead of constructing wider roads, “They widened sidewalks, established a free bike-lending service, installed speed bumps and set a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour throughout the city,” adding that in some sections of the city any form of motor transport is prohibited.…Read More
On Saturday, April 27th, the Coalition for Smarter Growth will bring their Walking Tour and Forums Series to White Flint! “Whether you’re entirely new to the world of smart growth or an experienced planner, these events are a fun and interactive way to learn exactly what’s going on in the places we pass but might not otherwise think about,” says their recent email.…Read More
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.…Read More
With apologies to the late author Douglas Adams, whose birthday was celebrated by Google this week.
Meetings of the White Flint Implementation Committee are usually snoozers. The acrid smell of chlorine wafts through the air at the Shriver Aquatic Center as engineers and designers struggle to explain incomprehensible slides.
But not tonight.…Read More
Every day, people in White Flint and across the DC area travel to work, school, or other activities. A select few are what a recent Washington Post article calls “mega-commuters,” who travel more than hour to work each day, whether by car, transit, or another mode.
There aren’t many of these in White Flint: according to these awesome maps generated from Census data, more than 90 percent of commuters in the 20852 zip code travel less than 30 minutes each way to work.…Read More
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.…Read More
If you’re planning a night out, you might naturally gravitate towards Bethesda, Silver Spring or the District. But what about here in White Flint? As it turns out, you could do worse than spending your evening on Rockville Pike.
By now, you’ve probably read the Washington Post article about Montgomery County’s nascent Night Time Economy initiative, intended to make the county a more attractive place to live for young professionals whom officials hope will stick around when they’re older.…Read More
We’ve noted on this blog that walkable neighborhoods promote healthy bodies, a healthy environment, and a healthy lifestyle through the lifespan. But, did you know that walkable neighborhoods also promote a healthy… economy? A recent New York City study has found that more attractive walking options nearly tripled retail sales at local small businesses.…Read More