Friends of White Flint is primarily a public education organization, promoting the philosophy of New Urbanism: walkable, sustainable, engaging communities. Part of our outreach effort is sponsoring a series of speakers to discuss urban planning and design topics.
Our most recent Speakers’ Series event featured Chris Zimmerman, from the Arlington County Board and then the Chair of Metro, discussing Arlington’s journey from traffic-clogged, parking-lot covered strip-mall suburb, to a hub of smart growth-oriented economic activity clustered around Metro.
Zimmerman pointed out, for example, that Arlington’s density quadrupled, but traffic congestion declined, as more and more people moved close to the Metro stations and used transit instead of driving. Now that renovated area, which is one-tenth the area of the county, delivers almost one-half the tax revenue to Arlington County, and functions as a walkable, energetic community.
Friends of White Flint models itself after some of the community organizations in Arlington, such as Clarendon Alliance and Rosslyn Renaissance.
We are pleased to announce our next Speakers’ Series will be held on Friday, September 25, at 8AM, at Dave & Busters in White Flint Mall. Continental breakfast will be served.
The event features Governor Parris Glendening, who now heads “Smart Growth America,” www.smartgrowthamerica.org, and is a nationally-recognized expert on urban design, and John Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst for the Develpment, Community and Environment Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The session will be moderated by County Councilmember Roger Berliner, who represents the White Flint area.
The speakers will discuss environmental benefits of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), national trends in “smart growth,” and a smart growth analysis of the White Flint Sector Plan.
The event is sponsored by Friends of White Flint, the White Flint Partnership, the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, and the Action Committee for Transit.
The event is open to the public, but reservations are STRONGLY suggested (the last event was full, with more than 100 attendees). To RSVP, contact Gail Calhoun, 301-692-2377, or firstname.lastname@example.org.