Yeah, the City of Rockville is north of the White Flint area, but we’re joined in spirit and by Route 355 which is why I want to share the City’s recently-released plan for Route 355. Here are some highlights (since I assume most of you don’t have time to read the 140 page report.)…Read More
Category Archives: New Urbanism
According to Wired Magazine, if you really want to get more people walking, install lots of street furniture, make sure there are plenty of windows on the ground floors of buildings, and prioritize spaces that engage passers-by—like stores—over those that don’t—like parking lots.
To encourage people to ditch their cars and walk, commission public art, let restaurants offer outdoor dining, and invest in grand plazas.…Read More
Thanks to Smart Cities Council, I can share three traffic myths that just won’t go away, not matter how many times folks read the facts.
1. You can help the problem by building more roads
Just building more roads or running more buses are not traffic solutions by themselves. It’s about supply and demand.…
We talk all the time about new urbanism since that is one of the bedrock principles of the Pike District. But how much do you really understand new urbanism? So grab your tablet or phone, sit outside on this lovely warm Monday, and take a quick New Urbanism 101 course with material from www.newurbanism.org
This week’s “In Theory” section in The Washington Post is all about car-free cities. An article in Monday’s Washington Post declared that it is time to move on from the car century. A related article suggested that Americans are ditching their cars and moving toward multi-modal transit options, including walking, cycling, and transit. …Read More
The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. This firm is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.
View the video presentation featuring Jennifer Toole on February 23.…Read More
Walkable — I probably use that word more than any other when describing the future of the White Flint area. (Bike-friendly, vibrant, and transit-oriented are next on the list of most used words to describe the Pike District, in case you were curious.)
But how does a community become walkable? Do you just build some pretty sidewalks and call it a day?… Read More
In an article on StreetsBlog, cities making the most progress on protected bike lanes are seeing bicycling rates go up. Results indicate that a substantial share of people riding in the protected lane made bike trips because of the street redesign to add a cycle track.
Hopefully the planned bike lanes in the Pike District will have a similar effect!…Read More
Friends of White Flint board member Brian Downie, Senior Vice President of Saul Centers and executive director Amy Ginsburg were part of the panel on the Future of Rockville Pike at the recent Bisnow conference, the Montgomery County State of the Market.
One of the hot topics of the conference was Marriott’s search for a new headquarters.…Read More
What do you think? Would polka dot curb extensions make walking safer and more attractive in the Pike District? They worked in Austin, and they aren’t there just for decoration, said Anna Martin, traffic engineer for the Austin Transportation Department. The are “designed to “give space back to the pedestrians.”Read More