Your Friends have been out in the community over the last month and we’re grateful to our partners for engaging us in these fascinating opportunities. Dan Reed and I were both panelists during a Montgomery Housing Partnership breakfast focused on social media in community engagement.
Rob Goldman (President of MHP), Brandon Jenkins (Popularise.com/Fundrise.com), Dan Reed (FoWF and JustUpThePike.com), Lindsay Hoffman (FoWF) & Evan Glass (Moderator & MHP Board Member)
Montgomery Housing Partnership’s mission is to expand and preserve affordable housing in Montgomery County – something that will become an issue in White Flint if the county truly wants to draw a younger demographic. MHP doesn’t just advocate, they also walk the talk by “acquiring, rehabilitating, building and managing quality affordable housing.”
Friends of White Flint was very proud to be part of Coalition for Smarter Growth’s Walking Tours and Forum Series. “White Flint: From Drag to Desirable” was the topic that kicked off this season of walking tours – and to a sold out crowd! Nearly sixty people joined Stewart Schwartz of CSG, Nkosi Yearwood of the Planning Department, Tommy Mann from Federal Realty and me on a beautiful morning’s trek through the past, present and future of White Flint.
Photos by Aimee Custis for Coalition for Smarter Growth
The tour was a great way to feel and see the differences between streets that solely car-focused, as opposed to those that consider all travelers. Features like tree buffers, bike lanes, benches and trash cans equalize priorities among pedestrians, bikers and drivers. Many of our main White Flint streets still have a long way to go in becoming truly walkable.
Friends of White Flint also hosted a Developer Showcase on April 30th in the Whole Foods Rockville café. It was an opportunity for the community to browse new projects in White Flint’s future, and meet the people behind the ideas. Paladar Latin Kitchen, Montgomery County Parks Department (Wall Park), LCOR (North Bethesda Center), Lerner Enterprises (White Flint Mall), and Federal Realty Investment Corp (Pike & Rose) were all available to chat, show their plans and share guacamole. Friends of White Flint member Chevy Chase Land Company was also present with information about their plans for Chevy Chase Lake.
Over 100 visitors checked out the exciting plans for White Flint and appreciated seeing the images up close. If you weren’t able to join us that rainy morning, let us know if you’d like us to host a similar event on an upcoming evening!
Finally, Friends of White Flint has begun a monthly presence at the Pike Central Farmers Market! Find us among the food trucks and produce and learn more about your community while you browse!
And, wherever you see us – don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on the plans for White Flint. We’re here to have a positive and consensus-building conversation. Join in!