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Andrew Friedson

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Hitting the Ground Running


I spent December 4 – my second full day in office – with resident, business, and government leaders for a downtown Bethesda walk focused on every day quality-of-life issues such as pedestrian safety and construction impacts. Ensuring world-class constituent service and improving our quality-of-life are the lifeblood of local government and my primary areas of focus to begin my tenure on the County Council.

I was pleased to bring together leadership from the Department of Transportation, Department of Permitting Services, Planning Department, Planning Board, Montgomery Parks, Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda Implementation Committee and Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board to get an on-the-ground look at specific challenges and discuss potential improvements.

Progress is being made, but I know we can do better by working together. We must continue to consider new and more flexible ways to accommodate everyone – including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, business owners, and construction contractors – while ensuring safety in a livable, walkable, and accessible environment.

Some of these challenges require long-term, systemic changes, while others can be addressed right away with the agencies and individuals who identified them together. My office will be following up on each and every item identified during the walking tour so we can get them fixed as soon as possible.

If you have a problem area you would like to add to our list, please contact us at councilmember.friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov with your thoughts and suggestions.



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