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Summer in Bethesda

Well friends, another day and another season! Today feels like early summer, a balmy 70 degrees or so is the projected high and it is already a glorious day. If you are like me when it comes to the weather, you probably have two conflicting feelings about this:

1. A feeling of happiness brought about by blue sky, warm “summer” rays, a lack of humidity and (so far) no mosquitoes.

2. A feeling of panic that the climate is completely out of wack and we are all, in the years to come, in trouble unless we can collectively take action really, really quickly!

My solution to this contradiction is the following: restore your spirits by walking and enjoying the amazing weather AND channel some of your restored energy into reminding our leaders (elected and otherwise) that they need to do much more about climate change (paging Gov. Hogan).

So, in the spirit of renewal, take a look at this picture from my morning walk (and please feel free to share your own at raj@rajabout.com):

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RE: The White Flint Sector Plan

Friends, here are a few more details on the Smart Growth initiative for Bethesda “north” aka the White Flint Sector Plan:

Among the plan’s goals:

  • create thriving, diverse mixed use center with highest intensity closest to Metro and along Rockville Pike
  • create new parks and open spaces
  • transform Rockville Pike into a boulevard with a landscape median, street trees and improved crosswalks
  • develop a transportation network that includes a grid of new public streets
  • improve the pedestrian and bicycling environment
  • promote sustainable development
  • create new public facilities
  • provide affordable housing
  • promote innovative ways to finance and manage new infrastructure

More info here.

Bethesda North AKA White Flint Will See Revamp

Some really good news just up the road from our community — Montgomery County Council has approved plans that, if well implemented, will see White Flint look a lot more like Bethesda down town and a lot less like the strip mall neighborhood it currently resembles. Our friends at GGW have the details here and have been on top of the story.

As you know, here at Bethesda Actually, we are delighted at the possible development of the White Flint area. Firstlyit should create a really nice neighboring area for folks in Bethesda to visit and secondly, if businesses are creative the tandum of Bethesda and a “new” White Flint should be more attractive to shoppers and those looking to play and work who live in the District and the surrounding area — that would be good for the local economy and signal that people really do vote with their pocket books when it comes to smart growth.

I just hope they keep Bertucci’s at White Flint — I like that place 🙂