Monthly Archives: July 2014
Comments Off on Walking is for All Ages
I’m often approached by older and more established residents who are concerned that the focus in White Flint is too heavily placed on drawing millenials, rather than attracting and keeping retirees. In those conversations, I’ve pointed to several ways that the new White Flint will serve residents all along the age spectrum. … Read More
Comments Off on Check out Strathmore’s Appetite Festival This Weekend
Strathmore is hosting the Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience food festival this weekend! Starting Friday, August 1st, attendees can enjoy a Happy Hour at 5 pm and hear from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis at 7 pm. Continuing on to Saturday, August 2nd, attendees can participate in the festival events from 11 am- 7:15 pm, with another happy hour at 5 pm and a talk from Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern at 7:30 pm.… Read More
Comments Off on Rapid Transit Booth at Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
As Bethesda Now mentioned, last week David Hauck, Executive Director of Communities for Transit, told our happy hour attendees that Communities for Transit will have a booth at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair starting on Friday, August 8th. On August 12th, Isiah Leggett will attend the fair to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit program for the county in a press conference.… Read More
Comments Off on Urban Park Designs Influence the Health of City Residents
Parks in cities are more than just pretty places to sit and relax. They have positive effects on community health. The design of a park “plays a crucial role in how much it is used and, therefore, what level of impact it can make” on community residents.
Jeff Caldwell from UrbDeZine Chicago decided to examine various designs and forms of urban parks, which all have positive effects on the community’s health.… Read More
We learned yesterday that Dave & Buster’s has lost its battle to stay open in its existing White Flint Mall location. Their lawsuit against the mall was dismissed and they were ordered to vacate the premises within 30 days – no word yet on when they’ll close.
Read more – including the court order – at Bethesda Beat by clicking here. … Read More
Jeff Speck is a global authority on the concept of “new urbanism,” and he happens to be local. His book, Walkable City, is considered a near-treatise on why we’d want to transform car-oriented areas into places that are safe to navigate regardless of your mode of transportation. But, who of us often has time to read such a book?… Read More
Comments Off on Restaurants Draw Individuals to Urban Areas
What draws you to visit or live in urban areas? A recent study completed by Sasaki Associates found that “food is a major driver of the American urban experience.” Sasaki Associates, a planning and design firm hired a research firm to survey 1,000 people from six different cities across the U.S.:… Read More
**Post is updated to correct information about the Western Workaround, VOB property, and the phases of the Gables Project**
In lieu of Gables Residential bringing their White Flint site plan to the Planning Board in the near future, Ed Meder, from Gables Residential, presented their plan to the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Committee this past week.… Read More
Comments Off on Community Involvement and Advocacy Matter
We’ve talked a lot on this blog about the Rapid Transit system coming to Montgomery County. A recent development in the planning of the Georgia Avenue route highlights why community involvement, attention and advocacy is crucial in plans like these.
As David Hauck from Communities for Transit writes on the Greater Greater Washington blog, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has released an outlandish proposal for how the route will travel down Georgia Avenue. … Read More
Wednesday evening I attended the Streetsense’s “Beer and Banter” event. Many Millenials, Generation Xs and even a few Baby Boomers attended the event, which was great to see. The event was focused on Millenials who live, work, and/or play in the Bethesda Sector to give them a space to express their needs and wants for the developing region.… Read More