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

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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All Ages Seeking Local Walkable Neighborhoods

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I’ve written before about how mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods benefit all age groups, but now we’re seeing these trends exemplified closer to home.  Last month, the Washington Examiner published a piece on how the principles of New Urbanism serve community members throughout the lifespan.  Both young professionals and downsizing Boomers are seeking compact, centralized housing.…

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Do You Know Our WalkScore?

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On WalkScore.com, visitors are encouraged to live where they can get around in a healthy way – by walking!  There are broad benefits to getting out of your car, including lower weight and healthier bodies, cleaner air from reduced emissions and less money spent on gas and maintenance.

In an effort to guide home-seekers toward more compact and walkable neighborhoods, WalkScore developed an algorithm to calculate walkability based on the distances to various amenities.…

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The County is Listening… (And So Are We)

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Montgomery County Government wants to hear your ideas!  To collect them, the County has launched engageMontgomery, where you (yes, you) can submit suggestions and ideas for improving our community.  Read the input of others, add comments of your own, upload photos to make your point and vote on ideas you like best.  …

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If America is a Walking Disaster, Let’s Make White Flint a Walking Success

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Walking is the most primitive form of transportation.  Perhaps that’s why those who choose to do it are often assigned the lowest priority by community planners. But, when a car is required to get around, where does that leave folks who can’t afford or choose not to use one?

The Atlantic Cities has recently published an excellent piece, “America is a Walking Disaster,” which delves into the problems with car-centric thinking.  …

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Growing MoCo’s tree canopy has health, economic rewards

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Trees are an important part of any urban environment, providing shade, oxygen, and even calming traffic. Of course, they’re also great to look at. As a result, protecting and expanding Montgomery County’s tree canopy has been a growing issue in recent months.

A study done by the University of Vermont for the Montgomery County Planning Department found that while half of the county is covered by trees, the county’s urban areas have a much smaller tree canopy.…

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Get Out Of the Car! Here’s How We Can Do It…

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Jeff Speck is a local city planner and architectural designer whose latest book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is receiving excellent reviews.  In it, Speck focuses on creating areas that people drive to, rather than drive through.  He also delves into the various benefits of creating walkable communities and how to make suburban development more sustainable.…

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White Flint Recognized As A “Good Example”

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The nonprofit Urban Land Institute has recognized the redevelopment of White Flint as “a good example of walkability and effective private investment for a suburban project.”  Read more from The Examiner by following the below link:

 

http://washingtonexaminer.com/montcos-redevelopment-of-white-flint-touted/article/2516339#.UNE3I2_XYhU

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Zappos Founder Tackles New Urbanism

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Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of online retailer Zappos.com, is using the strength of his company’s personnel and bankroll to reinvigorate downtown Las Vegas.  Hsieh has announced that he is moving the company’s headquarters, and over 1,000 employees, from a suburban office park into what he has termed “the Downtown Project.” Likening the move toward a more dense, mixed-use and walkable community as one improving upon the real-life “social network,” Hsieh hopes to catapult a nearly-discarded neighborhood into the next New Urban destination.…

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