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: walkable

Five Ways to Walkable

Posted on by Amy Ginsburg

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Walkable — I probably use that word more than any other when describing the future of the White Flint area. (Bike-friendly, vibrant, and transit-oriented are next on the list of most used words to describe the Pike District, in case you were curious.)
But how does a community become walkable? Do you just build some pretty sidewalks and call it a day?  
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How do you make it easier to walk and bike around a community?

Posted on by Amy Ginsburg

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According to this article, there are six things a community can do to encourage people to ditch heir cars and instead walk or bike as the go about their day. Here’s how the Pike District scores on each.

 

1) Stop building cul-de-sacs and bring back the grid

(Yes — the Pike District is developing a robust grid throughout the White Flint area.)

2) Change zoning rules to allow for density and mixed-use development.

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To save or spend time; that is the question

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Saving or Spending Time?

Saving or Spending Time?

When we talk about a particular area, are we looking to save time or spend time in that area? In other words, are we just passing through, like on I-270, or are we spending time, like we would in North Bethesda 1 or Pike & Rose?

This article in Better Cities suggests looking at our environment in terms of either Links, in which movement is prioritized as is saving time, or Places, in which destination space and spending time takes precedence.…

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Positive Examples of Smart Growth in Our Neighboring Communities

Posted on by Rebecca Hertz

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The White Flint Sector can look to neighboring towns for some strong smart growth examples. According to an article from Grist, Bethesda and Silver Spring have become walkable new urbanist areas in Montgomery County because of their ability to implement smarter development strategies. Many suburbs in Montgomery County “have already been built up in the standard sprawl fashion, and the challenge now is to retrofit them into sustainable communities.” This is why various mass transit options, walkable sidewalks and bike lanes are so important to communities such as ours.…

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