Last Saturday’s Washington Post article “Montgomery County looks to get hip” announced that various county officials are looking into ways to make Montgomery appeal to the Millennial Generation/Generation Y, and White Flint is seen as an important asset.
The author explains, “The county has great hopes for hipness in the massive White Flint redevelopment along Rockville Pike. While developers envision high-rises and high-end stores, there are also plans for smaller, moderately priced living spaces, with walkable streets and coffee shops, yoga studios and casual dining.”
Friends of White Flint’s executive director Lindsay Hoffman is also quoted in the article: “What we’re hoping for is that [White Flint] will be the alternative downtown…with a variety of housing options at a variety of price points.”
County officials see attracting the Millennial Generation as a way to stay competitive with nearby jurisdictions, as well as grow the tax base to help support a population that is aging in place. This initiative may also create a better return on investment in terms of public education if those who were raised in Montgomery move back; according to school officials it costs around $180,000 to educate a child from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Check out the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/montgomery-county-looks-to-get-hip/2013/02/16/2d477284-7577-11e2-95e4-6148e45d7adb_story.html