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On the calendar: Fort Totten, Virginia streetcars, and ballpark performance parking

There's a final wave of community meetings on interesting mobility-related projects this week before the Thanksgiving break.

Fort Totten Metro. Image from Toole Design.

Tonight, you can weigh on making two important areas more walkable and vibrant: Fort Totten and Lower 8th Street, SE. DDOT is kicking off a study of pedestrian and bicycle access to Fort Totten Metro, one of the city's least walkable Metro vicinities. That meeting is at the WMATA police substation at the Metro station, 6:30-8 pm.

The Lower 8th Street Visioning Process is discussing what to do with Lower 8th Street, the area between Barracks Row and the Navy Yard. Urban planning students including several GGW readers studied the problem last year for a project; now community members and leaders are doing it for real in a study funded by the Capitol Riverfront BID. The second in a series of monthly meetings is also tonight, 7 pm at The People's Church, 535 8th Street, SE.

The action in the developing Capitol Riverfront/Near Southeast area doesn't stop, as DDOT is holding a community meeting on the performance parking pilot around the ballpark. They will get resident input on how the parking rules are working and what to do with revenue to improve the neighborhood.

Outside DC, you can stand up for transit tomorrow. The Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition is having their kickoff meeting to build support for a streetcar network in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, connecting Columbia Pike, Crystal City, the Mark Center, NVCC, and more. That's 7-9 pm at the Alexandria campus of NVCC, Bisdorf Building Room 158.

And in Maryland, remember those town hall meetings Metro had about the budget? They're actually not done: the Prince George's forum is also tomorrow, 7 pm at Prince George's Community College's Rennie Forum in the Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Road, Largo.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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