Monthly Archives: June 2010
Comments Off on FoWF Board Meeting July 13
The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint will hold a meeting on Tuesday, July 13, at 7PM at the offices of Federal Realty, 1626 E. Jefferson, Rockville.
The tentative agenda includes:
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- a presentation by Casey Anderson on bicycling in the suburbs: (1) where do bikes fit into the suburban-but-urbanizing transportation network, (2) why don’t more people ride bikes for utilitarian purposes in the suburbs, and (3) what are the implications for public policy of the answers to the first two questions?;
- a discussion and likely adoption of a process to review and recommend on proposals for development projects in the new White Flint; and
- a discussion of the current delay on adopting a plan to finance the infrastructure needed for the new White Flint.
Comments Off on “Talk to Me” Part Two
Right after last month’s 2010 White Flint Town Hall meeting on Neighborhod Mobility Balance, I flogged about lessons I learned from Ian Lockwood about traffic calming and design. The principal lesson was that modern traffic design is a form of communication. The environment “talks” to drivers, telling them whether it’s okay to go fast or whether they should slow down to avoid kids or because they have entered a “special place.” It isn’t just physical barriers, which simply redirect the problem onto someone else’s street.… Read More
Comments Off on Tysons White Flint
Today’s Washington Post has a front page story on the Fairfax County Supervisors’ approval of a plan to revise and improve Tyson’s Corner. Tyson’s, headquarters for many huge corporations and home to the regional supermall, is a quintessential “edge city,” built up over decades without plan or limits, into a behemoth wobbling on only three legs — there’s essentially no residential living in Tysons.… Read More
Comments Off on Montgomery Heritage Days this weekend
This weekend is Montgomery County Heritage Days, with a full calendar of events celebrating the County’s long and storied history. For more information, see http://www.heritagemontgomery.org/content/heritage-days-0.
One of the Bethesda opportunities is for the Josiah Henson Park site, which is only open twice a year. The “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” park, at the corner of Tilden Lane and Old Georgetown Rd.… Read More
Comments Off on Plans for Josiah Henson Park
Happy Josiah Henson’s Birthday!
How appropriate that the Parks Department would hold a community meeting to begin the public participation portion of the planning for a park to celebrate the internationally-famous author, abolitionist, minister and former slave, whose 1859 autobiography was the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” In 2006, Montgomery County purchased the land at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Tilden Lane to form the Josiah Henson Special Park.… Read More
Comments Off on The End of the Beginning?
Royce Hanson, 78, was honored yesterday for his long service as Chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Hanson served twice as Chairman, during two pivotal eras, first, 1972-81, creating the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve (which preserved green land in a wealthy and dense county) and then, since 2006, as the down county shifted from a purely suburban character to a more urban setting.… Read More
Comments Off on Cities Try Bike-Sharing
On the heels of the IPO of Zip-Car, an automobile-sharing service, comes an article about a service sharing bikes. Today’s Washington Times (yes, in some parts of White Flint, the print edition of the local paper is back) has an article focussing on Minneapolis’s bike-sharing programs.
I just returned from a trip to Minneapolis, which has many features highlighted in the White Flint Sector Plan, including a bicycle culture.… Read More
Comments Off on Public Meeting on Josiah Henson Park
One of the most significant historical sites in White Flint is “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a small log structure attached to a house at the corner of Tilden Lane and Old Georgetown Rd. The cabin was purchased by Montgomery County in 2006, and Park and Planning has said it will be turned into a museum for Rev.… Read More
Comments Off on Knapp Won’t Seek Re-Election
Montgomery County Councilmember Mike Knapp, an upcounty Democrat, won’t run for re-election this year, he announced yesterday. Instead he will start a new business offering services to life sciences companies interested in coming to Montgomery County. Knapp chaired the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee which first considered the White Flint Sector Plan for the Council.… Read More
Comments Off on Financing Watch
It’s been eleven months since the Planning Board proposed a financing mechanism for White Flint. It’s been nine months since the Montgomery County Council first began public hearings on the White Flint Sector Plan, including the financing plan to support the new infrastructure. It’s been six months since the County Executive first began proposing financing options for White Flint.… Read More