PHOTOS: Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Panel on Identifying and Branding Pike District

Monday, April 4, 2016

Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Panel on identifying and branding Pike District was held at Strathmore Music Hall from March 29-30, 2016. View the photo album and stay tuned for the final recommendations!

ULI PowerPoint Presentation on Branding and Identifying the White Flint/Pike District Area

Friday, April 1, 2016

Check out the presentation presented by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel about branding and identifying the Pike District area and read the highlights summarized by Friends of White Flint.

From Pokémon to Salsa: Pike District has Classes for Everyone

Friday, March 4, 2016

Home to diverse cuisines, stores for every fashion trend and entertainment through the night, Pike District’s vibrant community offers an array of educational and recreational classes for every age and interest.

Bring your friends to a Paint & Wine event at Huckleberry Fine Art and brush up on your dance moves at a salsa lesson at Rendezvous Social Dance & Fitness. Know a kid obsessed with Magic Cards? Invite them to the gaming workshops and tournaments at Dream Wizards or find a class at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington from boys lacrosse to ceramics to gymnastics for tots. After you have taken your dog for that early morning walk, you can leave your favorite pet at Your Dog’s Friend and attend a free workshop on pet parenting. If you are the crafty type, check out the Woodworkers Club and shape your own side table in just two weekends or tap into your creative side with home decorating and sewing classes at G Street Fabrics and beginner beading at Accent on Beads. For your inner DJ, Omega Recording Studios has a full curriculum for audio engineering or check out Pike District’s music and cultural center, Strathmore near Grosvenor Metro, for education programs for children, adults and budding artists alike. When you are done and fully inspired, relax and learn about the latest craft beer while listening to a local band at the newly opened 7 Locks Brewing on Wilkins Avenue.

Urban Land Magazine - Place Making on the Pike

Friday, March 4, 2016

Urban Land Magazine, the flagship publication of the Urban Land Institute, a global nonprofit that provides leadership in creating and sustaining thriving communities, featured Pike & Rose and the Pike District in its January/February issue. From the decision to develop along Old Georgetown Road and the focus on mixed use, transit-oriented development, the article chronicles the behind-the-scenes story behind the planning of Montgomery County's newest walkable urban-suburban community.

Special thanks to Friends of White Flint for highlighting this article. Follow them at @White_Flint.

Read the full article: Place Making on the Pike

More Parking at Pike & Rose Coming Thursday

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pike District seeks part-time manager

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee seeks a highly talented candidate to serve as the part-time manager of community efforts to promote the Pike District.  Please see the job description for more information.  Letters of interest and resumes are due November 30.

Cliff Cohen reflects on a productive year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The following are the remarks of outgoing Downtown Advisory Committee chair Cliff Cohen at the conclusion of his one-year term as chair.  The remarks were delivered at the Committee's June 9 meeting. The Committee has elected Brian Downie, Senior Vice President of Saul Centers, Inc, as chair for the coming year. Former Eaglebank President Tom Murphy was elected as vice chair.


First, I want say that I am pleased to have had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee during the past year.  As I have mentioned before, I think that the work we do here with respect to the White Flint Sector Plan is critical to the long-term success and vitality of Montgomery County and could have significant impact on future development throughout the Country as we move away from suburban development and embrace the establishment of walkable urban communities, centered around public transit, where people can live, work and shop in close proximity.  

In looking back on our accomplishments during the past year, I think that we can all be proud that the business and residential communities were able to agree on the name “PIKE DISTRICT” for the White Flint Sector area. With that difficult decision behind us, we were able to move forward with our marketing and promotional efforts, launching our new website and a Pike District logo. Many thanks go out to Ken Hartman and Andy Fraser of Sandglass Systems (along with our Marketing committee), for their work in making this possible. We will continue to improve the site going forward in order to create a state of the art information and marketing tool for the Pike District. 

We also talked through some difficult issues including issues related to the “western workaround” and turning lanes on Old Georgetown Road. Discussion was heated but we came together to send a letter to the County Executive supporting his efforts to work with the State, the County Council, and the residential community to resolve these issues. And, we were pleased when ultimately a resolution occurred without the need for further legislation. This was a success for all concerned.

Armed with our new name and website, we attended the “BIG EVENT”, held by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce where we able to begin promoting the Pike District too many who knew little about it. The event was extremely successful and I think we will build upon this by participating in other events and perhaps holding an event of our own in the future.  Educating the public as to the how benefits them is a critical component to our Committee’s success and something that we should devote substantial time and effort going forward.  

In addition, we were able to move ahead with landscaping the medians along Rockville Pike in partnership with Federal Reality Investment Trust, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, and Rupert Landscaping. This beautification project should be complete in a few weeks and will include maintenance of the median going forward. It will undoubtedly enhance the visibility of the Pike District and let people know that something is happening.  

Finally, we continued our educational process, hearing from various County departments. Representatives of the County Department of Transportation made presentations about proposed bike lanes along various routes within Pike District and about Bikeshare. We also received the Report from the Office of Legislative Oversight providing important information about models for business/community improvement districts throughout the country. The presentation and report should form the basis of future discussions in the coming year as we move into a critical phase of our committees’ work, where we decide on the structure of the district including the desired services to be provided and the management model to implement them.  

I want to thank Brian Downie, Francine Waters, and Ken Hartman for their help on the executive committee during the current year.  I think we worked well together as an Executive Committee and were able to get some important things done in setting the stage for next year.  I also want to give a special thanks to Bev Haller, whose administrative support certainly made my job easier. Again, it was my pleasure to serve. I look forward to continuing my involvement with our new chair Brian Downie and vice chair Tom Murphy in the coming year.  Thank you!

Clifford M. Cohen, Esq.
Chair - White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee