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Posts by Aimee Custis

Aimee Custis is the Communications Manager at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. A policy wonk by training and a transit advocate by profession, she moved to DC in 2008 to learn everything she could about walkable communities and public policy. Also a photographer, she photoblogs at aimeecustis.com

Photography


Beautiful black and white in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Georgetown. Photo by wolfkann.


Dunbar High Sschool. Photo by Aimee Custis.


The Trans-Lux Theatre, 738 14th St NW, apparently during the 1948 opening of Carol Reed's "The Fallen Idol". Photo by rockcreek.


Photo by wolfkann.


Key Bridge Marriott. Photo by christaki.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Events


Events roundup: Happy hour, Purple Line, and Metro art

If you don't have plans for after work this week, there's plenty to help you fix that! Join us for our monthly happy hour tomorrow night, check out a walking tour, or head up to Silver Spring for ACT's monthly meeting.


Photo by Thomas Cizauskas on Flickr.

Join us tomorrow for happy hour: With summer coming to a close, it's time to resume our regular happy hour series. Join us at Denizens Brewing Company tomorrow night from 6 to 8pm in Silver Spring for drinks, food, and conversation on an outdoor patio within sight of the Red Line. You'll find Denizens at 1115 East-West Highway, one block west of Georgia Avenue. Here are more details on how to get there.

After the jump: ACT meeting tonight, Metro art, a Bethesda walking tour, and cards against urbanity.

Talk Purple Line with ACT: Don't have plans yet for tonight? Head up to the Silver Spring Civic Center for Action Committee for Transit's monthly meeting. This month, Wayne Phyillaier will speak on "Last Throes of Purple Line Opposition: Amphipods, Fences, Lobbyists, and the Kitchen Sink" starting at 7:30 pm. More info here.

Metro art exhibit opening: Is art more your style than beer and BBQ? If you can't join us tomorrow for happy hour, instead check out The Heurich Gallery for the opening of Roberto Bocci: Metrorail, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist. Metrorail, Roberto Bocci's newest body of work, is a multidisciplinary project that explores urban environments in and around the Metrorail system. Head over to the calendar for more info.

Walk downtown Bethesda: Looking to get in a bit of exercise, and learn something too? Head up to Bethesda on Saturday morning at 10 am to join CSG at for this season's second installment of their popular walking tours. There are still a few slots open for Reimagining Downtown Bethesda, but if you want to attend, you should probably go ahead and RSVP before they're all gone.

Cards against urbanity: GreaterPlaces & DoTank DC are creating "Cards Against Urbanity," a party game about horrible places, based on (and with permission from) the "Cards Against Humanity" card game. They are organizing
a Kickstarter kickoff party at Spider Kelly's in Clarendon next Tuesday, September 16 at 6 pm. Play prototypes of the game, brainstorm cards, and generally have an inappropriately good time.

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

Photography


Beautiful weekend in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region. That's all from us this weekwe'll be back Monday!


National Cathedral. Photo by Ted Eytan.



Chinatown. Photo by jbouie.


Georgetown. Photo by wolfkann.


Rosslyn. Photo by wolfkann.


Annapolis. Photo by J Sonder.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Events


Events roundup: Walking tours, zoning, and microbrews

Now that September is here, calendars are filling back up. The Coalition for Smarter Growth's walking tours are back in session, our own monthly happy hour is around the corner, and the DC Zoning Commission is hold its (hopefully) final round of public hearings on the zoning update. Mark your calendars - it's going to be a busy month!


Photo by Fairfax County on Flickr.

The Silver Line, Reston, & Tysons: A New Chapter: Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of the Silver Line and big changes at the Wiehle-Reston and Tysons Corner Metro stations. The tour will visit new mixed-use developments, look at bicycle, pedestrian, and bus links, check out new public plazas, and hear about the opportunities and challenges of retrofitting the suburbs. CSG tours are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. Planners, AICP credit for this tour is pending.

After the jump: the DC Zoning Commission hears more public input on the zoning update, and there are a whole lot of events happening on September 10.

Testify for the DC Zoning Update: The DC Zoning Commission has scheduled additional public input hearings on the proposed DC zoning update starting Monday, September 8. Even if you have already given in-person testimony, you can testify again as long as you focus your remarks on the proposed amendments. Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis. CSG has a handy signup tool and other resources for people who want to testify here.

Grab a local microbrew and BBQ with GGW: With summer coming to a close, it's time to resume our regular happy hour series. Join us at Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring for drinks, food, and conversation on an outdoor patio within sight of the Red Line next Wednesday, September 10 from 6 to 8 pm. You'll find Denizens at 1115 East-West Highway, one block west of Georgia Avenue. Here are more details on how to get there.

Metro art exhibit opening: Is art more your style than beer and BBQ? Also on September 10, join Boston Properties at The Heurich Gallery for the opening of Roberto Bocci: Metrorail, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist. Metrorail, Roberto Bocci's newest body of work, is a multidisciplinary project that explores urban environments in and around the Metrorail system. Head over to the calendar for more info.

Tour Dunbar High School: Not a fan of microbrews or art? Join CSG at Dunbar High School for another of their popular walking tours. While NW DC's Dunbar HS has a reputation as one of the region's best known historically African-American high schools, for many years the school's design and layout were far from an urban gem.

All that changed last year, with the unveiling of the new Dunbarwith a green design more welcoming to the community, abundant natural light, a LEED platinum rating, and a much smaller footprint on a reconnected street grid. Hear from the building's designers and local school and community representatives about how smart growth design principles can transform not only a building but the surrounding neighborhood as well.

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

Photography


Well-lit in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Logan Circle. Photo by Joe Flood.



National Mall. Photo by Joe Newman.


14th St NW. Photo by Elvert Barnes.


Greater U Street. Photo by Clif Burns.


14th St. Photo by DoctorJ.Bass.

Snapping some great images of the people and places in the DC region this weekend? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your photos!

Photography


Summertime in the Flickr pool


Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Ghibellina. Photo by Tim Brown.


Photo by Brian Allen.


600 block of New York Ave NW. Photo by ep_jhu.


Greater U Street. Photo by Clif Burns.


Photo by nevermindtheend.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Photography


Vigil in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Mike Brown vigil at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. Photo by JohnJackPhotography.


Brightwood - Georgia Avenue and Missouri NW. Photo by Randall Myers.


Patuxent River - Lower Marlboro. Photo by Maryland Route 5.


Rosslyn Metro. Photo by Paul Sirajuddin.


Dupont Circle. Photo by Elvert Barnes.


14th & V NW. Photo by Clif Burns.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Photography


Blue, green, orange, red, and yellow in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Washington-Lee High School (Arlington). Photo by wolfkann.


Photo by Rich Renomeron.


Building Museum. Photo by caroline.angelo.


Photo by Clif Burns.


Photo by Clif Burns.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Public Spaces


Map: A half-mile walk to Metro

PlanItMetro made this cool map showing what's within a 1/2-mile walk from each Metro station. It's easy to see how the street network affects where you can walk.


Map by PlanItMetro.

As contributor Dan Reed points out, the walkshed is bigger in areas with a street grid and short blocks. On the other hand, barriers like highways, rail lines, and superblocks reduce the area you can walk to.

What patterns do you see?

Be sure to check out the full region map for stations outside the core.

Photography


For the birds in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Mission restaurant - Dupont Circle. Photo by Aimee Custis.


7000 series cars. Photo by ep_jhu.


View of Bethesda from Tysons. Photo by BeyondDC.


Rossyln-Ballston Corridor. Photo by Jason OX4.


Building Museum. Photo by Paul Sirajuddin.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

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