In their draft handbook Placemaking and the Future of Cities, Project for Public Spaces and the UN’s UN-HABITAT revealed 10 ways to improve cities through public spaces and placemaking. While the handbook has an international orientation, many of the suggestions apply to what’s happening, or what’s going to happen, in White Flint.…Read More
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Saul Centers Inc. owns some pretty prominent land in White Flint and, on Tuesday evening April 30th, we’ll get our first peek at their plans for it. Saul owns three properties along Rockville Pike, between Nicholson Lane and Marinelli Road.
The first is Metro-Pike Center on the west side of the Pike.…Read More
Interested in learning more about apartments and condos coming to our neighborhoods? Now you can search for a variety of residential projects coming to the entire DC area using the UrbanTurf Pipeline. You can utilize a variety of search options including location, number of units, stage of development and housing type.…Read More
As Bethesda Now reported last week, Washington Gas is planning a 145-foot communications tower in the center of their property on Nebel Street, at the edge of the White Flint sector. The primary purpose of the tower is to improve Washington Gas’ communications, particularly in times of emergency. They are also open to leasing space on the tower to at least two cell providers.…Read More
Are you curious what’s coming to our redeveloped White Flint? Hoping for a one-stop opportunity to see some of the latest plans? Then join Friends of White Flint on Tuesday morning, April 30th, from 9:30-10:30am for a Showcase of Upcoming Projects.
We’re taking over the Whole Foods cafe and giving you an opportunity to take a look at a handful of projects planned in and around the new White Flint and meet the folks behind the ideas. …Read More
A few weeks ago, we looked at the White Flint Civic Green, a two-acre public square proposed near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard, and how to make it a great space. The Civic Green is one of several new or renovated public spaces proposed for White Flint, including Wall Park, which I wrote about last week.…Read More
Patrick Doherty, director of the Smart Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation explains in a Foreign Policy Magazine article that our country’s economic engine is “misaligned to the threats and opportunities of the 21st century,” arguing that many of our current policies outlived their usefulness after the Cold War. Transforming our housing and transportation policies are one piece of Doherty’s “grand strategy” for our country.…Read More
Pontevedra, a city in northwest Spain, had a problem. As the capital of its province, county and municipality, Pontevedra was attracting a ton of automobile traffic. The solution? Eduardo Ares explains on the Polis blog that instead of constructing wider roads, “They widened sidewalks, established a free bike-lending service, installed speed bumps and set a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour throughout the city,” adding that in some sections of the city any form of motor transport is prohibited.…Read More
You might not know it now, but traffic-choked, overhead-wire-tangled Rockville Pike actually sits atop an ancient trail that follows the ridge of a local chain of hills. Who knows what tales the buried stones could tell, echoing the movement from white-tailed deer paths, to indigenous peoples’ footprints, to settlers’ wagon tracks, to the arrival of the first smoky, noisy automobile?…Read More
As you may know from visiting this blog, Friends of White Flint is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that the redevelopment of White Flint reaches its exciting potential. We formed in 2007 when the sector’s planning was just beginning and we did so with the vision of creating a cohesive, walkable, forward-thinking and engaging community.…Read More