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Royce Hanson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705250

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705250.001.0001

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The End of Suburbia?

The End of Suburbia?

(p.106) 5 The End of Suburbia?

Royce Hanson

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on White Flint, a 400-acre obsolete commercial strip on Montgomery County's most congested roadway, and some of the important lessons it offers with respect to successful planning politics. The most recent of Montgomery's efforts in planning for mixed-use, transit-oriented activity centers, White Flint was envisioned as the best place to create a model for a new generation of land use policy. The chapter discusses the plan for White Flint, the key issues that needed to be resolved before it could move forward, and the project planners' new approach to zoning. White Flint illustrates the value of careful economic analysis; engagement of major property owners and community groups in making plans; and willingness to abandon old ideas in favor of new ones that fit the circumstances at hand. The case of White Flint also highlights the problems of bureaucratic and political resistance to new ways of financing infrastructure.

Keywords:   planning politics, White Flint, Montgomery County, planning, activity centers, land use policy, zoning, economic analysis, property owners, financing

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