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


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Placemaking revitalized Adelaide; it can do the same for the Pike District

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Adelaide, Australia was once a town that no one would describe as hip and fun. Now, thanks to innovative placemaking and a “what-the-heck-let’s-try-it” attitude, Adelaide is now rated by the London Sunday Times as number one on its list of the best places to live in the world.

According to an article on citiscope.org, “Adelaide’s transformation is the product of simple and inexpensive strategies for activating its public spaces.…

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White Flint 2 Planning Begins in June

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In June, 2015, M-NCPPC staff is scheduled to begin work on a new sector plan for the area between White Flint/Pike District and the City of Rockville. The White Flint 2 Sector Plan will update a portion of the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan and will build upon the  innovative vision outlined in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.…

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A few factoids to enliven the conversation at your fun-filled holiday weekend activities

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With all of us making plans to ride bikes, take walks, and dine outside at a favorite restaurant’s sidewalk seating on this holiday weekend, I thought I’d cite a few healthy living factoids that you can toss around at your Memorial Day BBQ:

  • Twenty-five percent of Americans say that traffic makes it unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods

  • Nearly four in ten people –38 percent — say that their communities lack outdoor places for recreation

  • Fifty-four percent say shopping and entertainment are not within walking distance

  • Forty-eight percent say bike lanes are insufficient to make biking a practical mode of transportation

  • Half of Americans want to live in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, including sidewalks and crosswalks

  • One-fifth of Americans view walkability as a top priority.

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RTS on 355

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Let me translate that.  This post is all about the planning process for a Rapid Transit System (RTS), formerly known as Bus Rapid Transit or BRT, on Rockville Pike.  Communities for Transit has helpfully compiled extensive information about RTS in Montgomery County on this website.

Why do we need a Rapid Transit System?  …

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Could it almost be time to say goodbye to the Mall?

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According to a story in Bethesda Beat, Robert Brewer, a land use attorney representing White Flint Mall’s owners, said Thursday the owners expect to receive demolition permits to take down the mall’s exterior in the next week or two. The owners plan to begin the demolition as soon as they receive the permits, according to Brewer.  …

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We attend so you don’t have to …

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Here are the highlights from this week’s White Flint Implementation and Downtown Advisory Committee meetings.

White Flint Implementation Committee Meeting, Monday, May 11

1) Gables Pike District received approval for their preliminary and site plans.

2) Goddard School received approval for a pre-school on Edson Lane that will educate 165 children.…

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Washington Business Journal Details White Flint Mall/Lord & Taylor Battle

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Curious why White Flint Mall hasn’t been demolished? This detailed article, White Flint Mall and Lord & Taylor both accuse each other of good old-fa…, in the Washington Business Journal discusses the protracted legal battle between Lord & Taylor and Lerner Enterprises.
If you don’t have time to read this lengthy article, I’ve listed some highlights below:
  • Lord & Taylor’s lawsuit against White Flint will mark its two-­year anniversary this July, delaying the mall’s redevelopment and likely costing both sides millions of dollars in legal fees and related costs.
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Yay! Gables has received preliminary and site plan approval!

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Gables Residential has received Preliminary Plan and Site Plan approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board for Gables Pike District. The approval is for 521,000 square feet of new development comprised of up to 476 apartment homes and 31,000 square feet of retail. Plans include three interconnected buildings, two new streets, and a new parking garage that will serve the adjacent Wall Park and Montgomery County Aquatic Center along with the new development.…

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Want to decrease pedestrian injuries?

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Duh, who doesn’t want to decrease pedestrian injuries? On average, 100 pedestrians are killed and 3,000 injured every year in Montgomery County. If only there was a way to decrease those tragic numbers …

Well, what do you know? There is.  We just need to put some of our main streets on a road diet.…

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