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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.
Just in case you’ve missed the dozen of other reminders, tonight is the Friends of White Flint Board/Community Meeting. It will start at 7:00 pm and be held at The Forum, 11801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Come hungry — &pizza is delivering 40 pizzas to the meeting. (Thank you, &pizza at Pike & Rose!)
Below is the agenda:
7:00 Call to order
7:01 to 7:05 Approval of March Minutes
7:05 to 7:10 Financial Report
7:10 to 7:25 Property Owner Updates
7:25 to 7:40 Pick the Pike District Campaign
7:40 to 8:00 Membership Fee Structure
8:00 to 8:15 Events, including Grill Night and Seniors Forum
Executive Director Amy Ginsburg, here. I’m often asked why there isn’t more office space being built in the White Flint area. As one person said to me, “All that’s going up are apartments and restaurants. Don’t get me wrong; I love all those restaurants. But where’s the work in ‘live-work-play’?”
Yesterday, Montgomery County Planning Department released a detailed Office Market Assessment for Montgomery County yesterday that provides some answers.
In case you’re interested, I thought I’d share my recent testimony to the Transit Task Force. (If you’re not interested, click back on Monday … and every weekday, actually … for another new post on a diverse range of topics relating to the White Flint/Pike District area.)
My name is Amy Ginsburg, and I am the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit organization with nearly 1,300 supporters, including residents, businesses, homeowners associations, and property owners. …
Check out these happy photos from last night’s very fun, very successful, first-ever Grill Night at Wall Park. More than 75 people enjoyed music, food, and s’mores in our own Wall Park. You won’t want to miss the next two Wall Park Grill Nights July 21 and August 18. (And a huge thank you to Montgomery Parks, Communities for Transit, and White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee for all their hard work organizing Grill Night.)…
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Bill Turque wrote an insightful piece in yesterday’s Washington Post about the perils and potential around cycling in Montgomery County. (And for the record, we think it’s a good piece not just because Friends of White Flint Amy Ginsburg was quoted in it.)
In the article, Montgomery County officials said, “The goal is to connect a system left fragmented by years of ad hoc planning in which riders can sail along for miles on bike lanes or off-road trails only to hit dead ends — or intersections with wide, high-speed roads that are exceedingly difficult to cross.”
Bicycles are an important part of multi-modal travel, especially in the Pike District, so we thank the Post for bringing attention to this important issue and support the County’s efforts to make our area more bike-friendly.…
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Congratulations to Friends of White Flint board member Brian Downie for being elected chair of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee at yesterday’s meeting. Congrats also to Tom Murphy who was elected vice chair at the same meeting.
As for other news from yesterday’s Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting, here you go:
You should soon see pretty new landscaping along the median in Rockville Pike.
You won’t want to miss the first Grill Night of Summer. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a yummy s’more at the firepit while listening to great rock and blues by The Crimestoppers. You bring something to grill, and we’ll supply the paper goods, soft drinks, and snacks. RSVP here.
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The Montgomery County Executive’s Transit Task Force will host a public forum on Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. in the County Council’s Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, so residents can express their views on subjects before the Transit Task Force.
“This public forum gives residents an opportunity to comment on the organizational and financial issues contained in the earlier legislative proposal,” said Mark Winston, chair of the Montgomery County Transit Task Force.…
Amy here. I gotta be honest. Although I love my townhouse in Stoneybrook (right behind Grosvenor metro, for those of you who don’t know this wonderful townhome community), I would move to Pallas at Pike & Rose in a heartbeat. It’s gorgeous.
I had the chance to take a tour of Pallas Apartments last week, including the still-under-construction floors while wearing an oh-so-chic hard hat.…