We’re really excited that Montgomery County now has Capital Bikeshare, and have written (a lot) about the many benefits of bicycle-friendly communities. However, as our community shifts from being auto-dominant to having more complete streets, there is a learning curve. Safety has been a concern throughout the process.… Read More
A letter from the Board of Education that was sent to the Planning Board at the request of Montgomery County Public Schools was the highlight of a Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park Citizen’s Association meeting on Wednesday. Accordingly, Bruce Crispell, director of long range planning for MCPS, as well as Nkosi Yearwood and Brooke Farquhar from the Planning and Parks departments were there to explain the history of the school site and answer questions.… Read More
Comments Off on Updates from the November Downtown Advisory Committee meeting
The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee met again on November 12th to continue discussing how to make the area a great downtown destination. In fact, Jeff Burton, deputy executive director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) came to the meeting to discuss just that with members of the committee. The discussion started with the Bethesda Streetscape Plan, created in the early 90s to give Bethesda a specific feel.… Read More
Comments Off on Businesses want bike lanes
What do tech companies say is crucial to attracting and retaining employees? According to Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s bike lanes. She explains:
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Ten years ago we never would have thought that walkability or bike lanes would be economic development tools…We’re working on the creation of a comprehensive protected bike lane plan for downtown…We would like to make bikes an integrated part of downtown.
Comments Off on Listen to local leader talk about the economic benefits of smart growth
Jim Bacon, author of the Virginia-based blog Bacon’s Rebellion looks at smart growth as an alternative to sprawl that is efficient, business-friendly and fiscally responsible.
Watch the full video below, and check out more about Jim Bacon and this video by visiting Smart Growth America’s website.
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Comments Off on New report highlights the hidden costs of suburban sprawl
A report from a University of Ottawa research and policy network released last month reveals that suburban sprawl comes with a bigger price tag than many might expect. While (understandably) the report largely focuses on development in Canada, the big picture holds true for the U.S. as well. Author David Thompson notes in an interview that transportation is a major hidden cost; long commutes and needing more cars per household (and subsequently, the taxes to create the infrastructure to support these cars) is a huge expense.… Read More
Comments Off on Reminders of why we need complete streets
In early October the National Complete Streets Coalition held their first ever National Walking Summit, where community leaders from around the country came together to share ideas on policies, design guidelines, advocacy techniques and other tools that support walking.
Take a look at this PowerPoint from the Summit, which highlights some of the basic reasons why we need more complete streets in White Flint and beyond!… Read More
As mentioned before, much of the October Implementation Advisory Committee meeting focused on an amendment to the plan for Federal Realty’s Pike and Rose development. The first phase of Pike and Rose is well underway, with residences slated to open in the spring of next year and retail in the fall.… Read More
Comments Off on Updates from the Implementation Advisory Committee, Oct. 21 2013
The Implementation Advisory Committee met again this Monday to discuss updates on what’s happening in the area. About half of the meeting was focused on an amendment to the Pike and Rose phase I plan – we’ll have more on that soon. For now, here are general updates from the meeting:
Nkosi Yearwood from the Planning Department updated the group on the Marinelli bike lanes. … Read More
Comments Off on Walkable neighborhoods: building community and social capital
A study from the University of New Hampshire demonstrates that walkable neighborhoods enhance one’s quality of life, specifically one’s social capital. Social capital is defined in the study as “a measure of an individual’s or group’s networks, personal connections, and community involvement, brings benefits such as reduced isolation, career connections, and neighborhood safety.”
Researchers compared different neighborhoods in New Hampshire and surveyed 700 residents, asking them the number of locations they could walk to in order to determine that neighborhood’s level of walkability.… Read More