White Flint Placemaking

About the Project

The Montgomery County Planning Department is collaborating with the Better Block Foundation, a Dallas-based non-profit, to host a community-led placemaking event at the Randolph Hills Shopping Center. There will be a kick off event in May, community participation through the summer and a final placemaking event in the Fall of 2018. This Better Block event aims to bring together residents, local business owners, parents, teachers and students of nearby schools, and representatives of civic associations for a community-oriented placemaking event.

better block projectPlacemaking, according to the New York-based Project for Public Spaces, inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of their community. It refers to a collaborative process of reshaping our public realm in order to maximize shared values. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

Participants in the Better Block event will provide ideas about how to make better public spaces in and around the Randolph Hills Shopping Center, located within the White Flint 2 Sector Plan area. During the planning process, the community expressed interest in additional developmentand the creation of a neighborhood green at this site. Participants will work with the Better Block team to build, paint and digitally fabricate their ideas and bring them to life. The Better Block Foundation will host activities throughout the week with a celebration of the Better Block Event through the weekend. The event is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of October 12-13, coinciding with the Pike District Fall Fest.

Leading up to the event, the Better Block Foundation will hold a kickoff event in late May 2018 and gather public input for project ideas through surveys and online comments. The foundation staff will do an additional check-in trip sometime in July or August 2018.

Why are we doing this?

The purpose of this project is to:

  • Highlight the vision and recommendations of the recently approved White Flint 2 Sector Plan.
  • Embrace placemaking as a means of capturing shared values and generating ideas for public spaces.
  • Engage local businesses, schools and community members in a dialogue about the role of public spaces within their community.
  • Stimulate property owners to plan for the long-term transformation of their properties.
  • Use temporary placemaking as a tool to gather data and help inform permanent designs for successful public spaces in the White Flint 2 Sector Plan area.


Last Updated: May 15, 2018