For decades, Montgomery County has promoted transit-oriented development as a way to provide alternatives to driving, but some say it hasn’t worked, claiming most people “will drive no matter what.” However, a detailed look at commuting habits in specific neighborhoods clearly shows that people will leave their cars at home if there are other options.…Read More
Tag Archives: Walkability
When some think of walkable neighborhoods, they picture young urbanites eschewing their cars in favor of easily accessed amenities. The below post from San Francisco’s SFGate.com highlights how living in a walkable neighborhood benefits all ages, including seniors, with lasting physical and emotional effects.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently announced an initiative that will move his state toward the concepts of New Urbanism by encouraging walkability, sustainability and being more people-centered. Learn more at the below link from The Atlantic Cities:Read More
Follow the below link for more information on a Congress for the New Urbanism study which revealed that housing prices in Philadelphia held steadier in more walkable neighborhoods:Read More
Every few months, we take a look at the progress of the renovation of White Flint into a walkable, sustainable, transit-oriented community, part of North Bethesda, Maryland.
But, frankly, for many months now, it’s been tough to see the future White Flint, except in shades of gray. Earlier installments have looked at walking tours, new sketch plans, and about-to-open buildings. …Read More
With the approval of the White Flint Sector Plan and the first, tentative steps on the long path to a walkable, sustainable, transit-oriented community, the Friends of White Flint Board of Directors has decided to revamp its on-line offerings.
Friends of White Flint’s main goal is to provide information to the White Flint community.…Read More
ROCKVILLE, Md., November 30, 2010—The Montgomery County Council today approved a plan that would help pay for major infrastructure improvements required by the White Flint Sector Plan. Today’s action will spur a revitalization effort transforming the North Bethesda area around Rockville Pike into a more urban and denser community strongly supported by public transit and designed to make residents and workers less dependent on automobiles.The County Council approved the White Flint Sector Plan in March.…Read More
One of the hottest issues in the current debate over financing needed infrastructure in White Flint is whether to use something called Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. The County Executive is vehemently against a TIF; Executive staff have confronted and threatened TIF supporters. Most speakers at last night’s Montgomery County Council hearing supported a TIF.…Read More
Plan to Reduce Sprawl will Boost Health, EnvironmentBy Andres Duany and Jeff Speck
Saturday, October 16, 2010
From the billboard, a young woman’s face smiles at us against a leafy background. Scrawled across the image in a jaunty white script is a promise: “I will leave the car at home more.” The logo in the lower right-hand corner: Chevron.…Read More
On September 24, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett finally sent the County Council his proposals to finance infrastructure needed under the White Flint Sector Plan. Jaws dropped in White Flint. The Executive’s letter and the White Flint Partnership’s lightning-quick response are linked here.
Last night, having had more time to digest the proposal and discuss the problems with the County Council, the Partnership sent the Council another, more detailed letter with three attachments: a PowerPoint presentation explaining the financing numbers and issues; a copy of its Sept.…Read More