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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

Name these spots 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. While WhichWMATA is on hiatus, can you name these spots around the DC region?


1. Photo by jimhavard.

Some are iconic, but some are trickier, and some our photographers have neglected to label in the Flickr pool!


2. Photo by Tim Brown.


3. Photo by Ian Livingston.


4. Photo by nevermindtheend.


5. Photo by wolfpackWX.


6. Photo by Clif Burns.


7. Photo by Beau Finley.

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!

We're looking to hire a Greater Greater fundraiser

Running a blog is a labor of love, and Greater Greater Washington's mostly volunteer team sure loves to labor. But our wonderful volunteers can't do everything, so to keep the blog growing we're looking to hire a paid Development Associate to help raise funds.


Money gift box image from Shutterstock.

You may recall that in February we held our first-ever reader drive to great success. As we've grown this year, we've learned that we have many fantastic writers, editors, and volunteers, but that we could really benefit from someone with specific fundraising skills.

As we begin fundraising through a fiscal sponsor, we are looking for someone to work closely with our team to build relationships with new funders.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Requesting and setting meetings with program officers or potential donors on behalf of GGW
  • Assisting with grant writing
  • Managing a grants calendar, and tracking proposals and report deadlines
  • Managing acknowledgements for major gifts.
If you or someone you know are self-organized, with strong oral and written communication skills, and 1-3 years experience in fundraising for a small non-profit organization, this could be the position for you!

Experience working in a startup environment and a working knowledge of Washington area philanthropy are definitely a plus. Hours are flexible, but require some daytime availability. If you or someone you know are interested or would be a great fit, please do check out the full details in our listing on Idealist.

Beginnings of fall 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.


13th Street NW. Photo by Clif Burns.


Annapolis Rock. Photo by Joe Newman.


Woodstock, VA.Photo by christaki.


Photo by Ian Livingston.


National Mall. Photo by wolfkann.

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 roundup: Party Wednesday with Gabe Klein

Don't forget! Tomorrow, the Greater Greater Washington happy hour comes to DC as we head to the 2014 Smart Growth Social with Gabe Klein. Join us tomorrow, October 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Eastern Market.


Gabe Klein. Photo by Steven Vance on Flickr.

Party with Gabe: Join contributors, editors, GGW readers, and a broad swath of smart growth enthusiasts for some drinks, snacks, and lively conversation. For this month's meetup, we're joining up with the Coalition for Smarter Growth for their 2014 Smart Growth Social where you can enjoy drinks and pupusas and talk with Gabe Klein!

Ticket presales end tomorrow at noon, but you can buy tickets at the door ($25) with cash, check, or credit card. See you there!

Can't make it tomorrow night? After the jump, we've got NoMa underpass design, a tour of Friendship Heights, the maker movement, and of course, our live chat with David Catania.

A better NoMa underpass: The NoMa BID received 248 submissions when it launched its competition to redesign the underpasses at Florida Avenue and M, L, and K Streets. See the competition finalists on Thursday, October 16, from 6-8 pm and share your two cents to help the competition jury select winners.

Weekend walking: Learn the good, the bad, and the ugly about Friendship Heights with the community activists of Ward3Vision and the Coalition for Smarter Growth this Saturday, October 18, from 10 to noon. The walk will cover both sides of the DC/Maryland line, as well as the history of development in the area. RSVP requested.

Meet the makers: What is the maker movement, and what's a makerspace? Head over to MLK Library on Monday 10/20 to find out. Learn about 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and their impact on the American entrepreneurial scene from an expert panel, from 7-9 pm.

#GGWchat with Catania: Now that we've chatted with Muriel Bowser, next Wednesday, October 22, we'll live chat with her opponent David Catania from 12:30-1:30 pm. Use the hashtag #GGWchat to follow the chat, and propose questions. Or leave your questions in the comments on this post.

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.

Goats 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.


Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, Maryland. Photo by J Sonder.


Mt. Pleasant. Photo by ctj71081.


Photo by Brian Allen.


Photo by Brian Allen.


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!

Events roundup: Buses, buses, buses (and walking and biking)

If you care about buses, this is the week for you! The events calendar is filled with Virginia bus meetings, but if you get tired of sitting and listening during your weeknights, CSG and WABA have got your exercise with a walking tour and bike tour this weekend in Maryland.


Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

Virginia buses (and other transportation): If you're a Virginian and care about buses, boy is it a busy week of public meetings for you! Tonight in Woodbridge and tomorrow in Fairfax, learn more about the Route 1 transit study.

Also tomorrow night, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will hold a listening session at Fairfax City Hall to gather input for its TransAction 2040 long-range plan. Finally, weigh in on the next ten years of Fairfax Circulator service in Chantilly, also Thursday night.

Walk Saturday morning: Saturday morning, join the Coalition for Smarter Growth on one of their popular walking tours. This week's tour is Making Silver Spring a Great Place to Walk. Talk high speed roads and narrow sidewalks, but also the many things Silver Spring is doing right. RSVP requested.

Bike Saturday afternoon: Also Saturday, join WABA in their bike tour series as they explore the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) trail in northeast Prince George's County. The 9-mile rail trail tour will start and end at the Race Track Road parking lot.

#GGWchat: Don't forget, Monday at lunchtime, GGW will live chat with DC mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser. As with our previous live chats, we'll select questions to pose to her and she will respond. Submit your questions in advance, or during the chat on Twitter using #ggwchat.

Vision Zero: Join the Action Committee for Transit at their monthly meeting next Tuesday night in downtown Silver Spring to hear about Vision Zero from the editor of Streetsblog USA (and GGW contributor) Tanya Snyder.

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.

TGIF 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.


Arlington. Photo by J Sonder.


T Street NW. Photo by Clif Burns.


Navy Yard. Photo by Jim Havard.


Howard Theater. 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!

Events roundup: Streetcars, tech, tours, and more

If you're a streetcar fan, bike enthusiast, history buff, or social media nerd, heads up! There are terrific events coming up that you should check out. Do some family biking, speak up at a hearing, or have a drink and nerd out about social media.


Past Transportation Techies meetup. Photo by Ted Eytan.

All that and more is coming up our events calendar in the coming days, so read on and mark your calendar.

Overhead wires: Care about the K Street Transitway and DC Streetcar? Head over to Carnegie Library tonight at 6 pm to share your views with DDOT and FHWA. Some elements are contentious, especially whether to allow overhead wires anywhere along the route.

Tech for transit: The monthly Transportation Techies Meetup is also tonight, at 1501 Wilson Blvd. Hear about three local projects and their impact on local transportation: Conveyal and Arlington County's Transit Tech Initiative, Boontrek, and TransitIQ. Doors open at 6:00 with pizza and drinks, and the presentations start at 6:30.

DesignDC: The American Institute of Architects continues its DesignDC conference through Friday. The event is pricey, but there's a great student discount, and you can also register for just the closing plenary, which promises to be pretty cool: Stephen Chung, host of PBS's Cool Spaces: The Best of New Architecture is speaking.

PechaKucha: Friday night, get your (brief) talk on in Silver Spring at a PechaKucha Night (co-hosted by GGW's own Dan Reed). If you've never experienced it, a PechaKucha is a speaking event where each presenter has 20 slides, and 20 seconds per slide. You won't be bored! Plus, for just $5, snacks, beer, wine, and sodas are included.

Bring your little ones: Saturday at the Deanwood Rec Center, check out the second annual Let's Move! DC Children and Families Health Expo. Check out cooking demonstrations, fishing and dance lessons, music, games, a farmers market, clinics by the Street Basketball Association, and a lot more.

Ride with WABA: Curious about the growing trail network in Southeast DC? Saturday at 1:00 pm, join WABA to pedal through a tour of about 10 miles, looking at the Suitland Parkway, Oxon Cove Trail, and the planned-but-unbuilt South Capitol Street Trail.

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.

Join us at the 2014 Smart Growth Social

For October, the Greater Greater Washington happy hour comes to DC's Eastern Market, with a twist. We're joining up with the Coalition for Smarter Growth for their 2014 Smart Growth Social where you can enjoy drinks and pupusas and talk with Gabe Klein!


Gabe Klein. Photo by Steven Vance on Flickr.

The event is at Eastern Market, 225 7th St SE, from 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15. It does require a $25 ticket, which you can buy at the door or online. For that $25 you get unlimited local beer, wine, and pupusas from La Plaza (not so different from what you might spend on drinks and food at a regular happy hour); plus, it supports a good cause.

Many readers will recognize the Coalition for Smarter Growth's staff as regular contributors. Their small staff of six work for more walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented places across the Greater Washington region.

There will also be a raffle for a copy of Cards Against Urbanity, but the biggest attraction for Greater Greater readers might be meeting Gabe Klein, DC's and Chicago's former transportation director, who'll be the event's special guest.

Eastern Market is a two-minute walk from the Eastern Market Metro station (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and there are two Capital Bikeshare stations nearby, at the Metro and at 7th and North Carolina. From Union Station or Navy Yard, you can also take the DC Circulator, or there's Metrobus 90, 92, and 30s routes.

Our happy hour moves to a different part of the region each month. In recent months, we've been to downtown DC, Arlington, and Silver Spring. Next month, we'll be back in Virginia. Let us know in the comments where you'd like us to go!

Morning fog 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.


Rosslyn. Photo by wolfkann.


14th St bridge. Photo by Brian Allen.


600 block - NY Avenue NW. Photo by ep_jhu.


Benning Rd and Bladensburg Rd NE. Photo by Kevin Mueller.


Metropolitan Grove MARC station. Photo by BeyondDC.

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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