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Watch our editor play ultimate and have fun with your fellow GGWash readers!

Jonathan Neeley isn't just our editor. He's also a top ultimate Frisbee player and a member of the DC Breeze, a team in the professional American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). We're going to their next home game, on Saturday, May 7 against New York. Join us!


Photo by Kevin Wolf.

The Breeze play at Gallaudet University's Hotchkiss Field, their football stadium. The game starts at 6:30. Gates open at 5:15, and our Managing Director, Sarah Guidi, will be there to give you your tickets. We'll all be sitting in a block, so you can meet other GGWash readers, commenters, contributors, and editors while enjoying what should be a very fun game.

We've gotten a group rate for tickets, which are usually $12.50. Thanks to Don and Kellen with the Breeze for making the group discount available to GGWash. If you want to come support Jonathan in his game and also in a tiny way help us pay his salary, you can pay the same $12.50 for your ticket and some of that will go to our organization to fund him. Or, you can buy a ticket alone for $7.50.

To participate, you need to buy your ticket by 4 pm on Friday, May 6. You can get it by clicking the button below:

(Contributions to Greater Greater Washington are not tax deductible.)

Once you buy a ticket, look for an email from Sarah on Friday evening with details on where and how to meet her to get your tickets.

Aside from a chance to watch some very talented athletes, games are a great way to spend time outside and enjoy the community. You can buy both beer and food there (and for cheap!), and there's a live band that starts playing soon after the gates open. Kids 12 and under get in free, and there's also a free clinic to teach kids to play that runs from 5-6 pm.

The field is about a 15-minute walk from NoMa Metro. The 90s buses run past the campus along Florida Avenue, and the D4 and D8 just to the east, and the university runs a shuttle from Metro. There is a Capital Bikeshare station right on Gallaudet's campus, near the field, and drivers can buy daily parking passes.

Hope to see you there!

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Events roundup: What should the FBI building become?

Weigh in on what to do with the FBI building downtown and hear from developers of the Wizards practice facility in Ward 8. Also, hear about a study to improve quality of life in Ward 4, discuss the future of Columbia Pike and transit in Maryland, and take a tour of Alexandria's Old Town North.


Photo by Mark Plummer on Flickr.

FBI redevelopment: The Pennsylvania Avenue land that the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building currently sits on could be redeveloped. Head to public meetings this Tuesday, April 26, from 6 pm to 8 pm and this Thursday, April 28, at 9:30 am at the National Capital Planning Commission (401 9th Street NW #500) to hear about and share your opinions on the redevelopment and future use.

After the jump: A new pro sports arena in Ward 8, Livability in Ward 4, Old Town North tour, a transit forum, and more.

Arena in Ward 8: The District is likely to help the Wizards build a new practice facility at St. Elizabeth's in Congress Heights. Share your thoughts and get your questions answered at a community meeting with the leaders of the development team in Ward 8 at 6:30 pm at Old Congress Heights School (3100 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE).

Livability in Ward 4: DDOT is studying Ward 4, which includes Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood, and 16th Street Heights, to see how to make it a better place to live. Head over to the first public meeting this Thursday, April 28, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Petworth Neighborhood Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW) to share your opinion on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability improvements in the area.

A future for the Pike: What's the future of Columbia Pike? Discuss and debate current issues like development, affordable housing, and schools with opinion columnists, and hear about future possibilities from city officials. RSVP is required and tickets are five dollars, but proceeds go to a local sexual violence awareness non-profit.

Old Town North tour: The Coalition for Smarter Growth is kicking off their spring walking tour season this weekend in Old Town North. Join the tour this Saturday, April 30, at 10am to hear from experts on Old Town North's updated plan for new mixed-use development, public spaces, and bike and pedestrian facilities. RSVP for more details.

Faces of Transit forum: The Purple Line and bus rapid transit could bring major change to Montgomery and Prince George's County. Hear from experts and neighbors and discuss what is working and not working in transit in your community at a forum hosted by Coalition for Smarter Growth and CASA de Maryland next Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm at 1 Veterans Pl in Silver Spring.

Other events this week: VRE meeting 4/27, Speaker series with Patricia Brown 4/27, Arlington Cemetery Southern Expansion 4/27, North Hill Development 4/27, CaBi Hack Night V 4/28, and Paint Jam 4/30

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: How do you travel across DC?

All kinds of plans are afoot in the region, from making it easier to travel across DC to building around transit in Reston to deciding on how to use the land in downtown DC that the FBI building will soon vacate. Share your thoughts on these matters and more at an upcoming event!


Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

East-west travel in DC: DC's Department of Transportation has new ideas about how to travel between Wards 1 and 5, which can be difficult. Hear about preliminary concepts and share your opinions on the project at the second meeting this Wednesday, April 20, from 6 pm to 8 pm at 770 Kenyon Street NW.

After the jump: Reston's future, changes in Van Ness, provide feedback for MARC, help make King Street complete, and weigh in on what to do with the FBI building.

Help shape Reston's future: Interested in how to develop around transit in Reston? Hear Fairfax Supervisor Cathy Hudgins' vision at an open house this Wednesday, April 20. The meeting will be at 6 pm at 1140 South Lakes Drive in Reston.

A more lively Van Ness: In an effort to liven downtown Van Ness, the Office of Planning will unveil a new action strategy at an open house this Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW). The presentation will be followed by remarks from Van Ness Main Street and members of the community.

Give MARC advice: The MARC Train is a vital transit option between DC and Baltimore. Join the conversation about the MARC Train at the MARC Riders Advisory Council meeting this Thursday, April 21, at 444 North Capitol Street NW at 4:30 pm in room 235. The meetings run monthly, on the third Thursday.

Complete King Street: As part of the King Street Complete Street Project, the King Street corridor between Radford Street and Janneys Lane is slated for bike and pedestrian improvements. Share your opinions on the project at the third and final public meeting this Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at TC Williams High School (3330 King Street).

FBI redevelopment: The plots of land currently occupied by the J. Edgar Hoover building on Pennsylvania Ave could be redeveloped. Head to a public meeting next Tuesday, April 26, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the National Capital Planning Commission (401 9th Street NW #500) to hear about and share your opinions on the redevelopment and future use of the plots. There will be a second meeting covering the same material on Thursday, April 28, at 9:30 am at the same location.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: Planning for Montgomery's growth

Share your thoughts this week on transit and growth in Maryland, new bike lanes in Fairfax, I-395 HOT lanes, and traveling from east to west in the District. Have some fun at the Action Committee for Transit's 30th anniversary, and enjoy the outdoors at the reopening of a park in Silver Spring.


Photo by Dan Reed on Flickr.

Growing transportation needs: As new houses go up in Montgomery County, the quality of the surrounding transportation infrastructure will be put to the test. Head over to Montgomery County's Subdivision Staging Policy's community meeting this Tuesday, April 12 to share your thoughts on how transportation can keep up with new development.

After the jump: cycling in Fairfax, from HOV to HOT, transit in Maryland, new parks, and east-west travel in DC.

Fairfax bike projects: Fairfax's Braddock District may get new bike lanes as part of road paving projects this summer. Come show your support at a community meeting this Tuesday, April 12th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Canterbury Woods Elementary School (4910 Willet Drive).

ACT anniversary: Action Committee for Transit's monthly meeting is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Join the festivities Tuesday, April 12th at 6 pm at Bump 'N Grind (1200 East-West Highway) in Silver Spring.

HOV to HOT: I-395 HOV lanes could become High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which would mean road widening and fluctuating tolls. Learn more about the project and the accompanying environmental assessment at a meeting this Wednesday, April 13, from 6 pm to 9 pm at 4646 Seminary Road in Alexandria.

Maryland transit CEO: Hear from Maryland Transit Administration CEO Paul Comfort at this month's Transportation Tuesday program at the American Public Transit Association. It's this Thursday, April 14, at 5 pm 1300 I Street NW. Please RSVP to attend.

Celebrate parks: Ring in spring at the reopening of North Four Corners Park, at 315 University Boulevard West in Silver Spring at 2 pm on Sunday, April 17. There will be sports, games, live music, ribbon-cutting, giveaways, and more to commemorate the revitalized green space. Enjoy!

East-west travel in DC: Traveling across the District can be difficult. A new study could help identify improvements along the east-west corridor between Wards 1 and 5. Hear about preliminary concepts and share your opinions on the project next Wednesday, April 20, from 6 pm to 8 pm at 770 Kenyon St NW.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: Your input needed

Share your input on how we use the RFK land, how Metro can be better, bike lanes in Fairfax, and how to accommodate growth in Montgomery County. Also, help Action Committee for Transit celebrate 30 years!


Photo by Seth Sawyers

What should we do with RFK?: There are a number of possibilities for what the land RFK sits on might become, and on Monday night, EventsDC is hosting a meeting to show and collect feedback on them. It's at the Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) today, Monday, April 4th at 6:30 pm.

After the jump: Advise for Metro, Bike lanes in Fairfax, ACT's anniversary, and transportation and growth.

Metro wants advice: The Metro Riders' Advisory Council, a group of individuals that advises Metro's board of directors on issues related to bus and rail, will hold its April public meeting this Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm at Metro Headquarters (600 5th Street NW). Share your opinion at this meeting or any of the RAC's monthly meetings, which will be on the first Wednesday of every month for the rest of the year.

Fairfax bike projects: Fairfax's Braddock District may get new bike lanes as part of road paving projects this summer. Come show your support at a community meeting next Tuesday, April 12th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Canterbury Woods Elementary School (4910 Willet Drive).

ACT anniversary: Action Committee for Transit's monthly meeting is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Join the festivities next Monday, April 11th at 6 pm at Bump & Grind (1200 East-West Highway) in Silver Spring.

Transit for growth: As new houses go up in Montgomery County, the quality of the surrounding transportation infrastructure will be put to the test. Head over to Montgomery County's Subdivision Staging Policy's community meeting next Tuesday, April 12 to share your thoughts on how transportation can keep up with new development.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: What to do with Union Station and RFK

How we expand Union Station and what we do with the RFK Stadium land will affect DC in a major way. Share your opinions on both projects this week! Also, lend your support for more sidewalks in Fairfax, and give Metro some advice.


Photo by m01229

Changes to Union Station: Big plans are in the works to expand and modernize Union Station. Learn about the project at a forum this Wednesday, March 30, in the East Hall of Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE). There will be an open house from 4 pm to 8 pm, with two presentations, one at 4:30 and one at 6:30.

After the jump: RFK, walking in Fairfax, and advice for Metro.

New RFK: DC's football team wants a new stadium, and its owner wants it to go where RFK currently sits. Renderings of what it might look like recently came out. Head over to the Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Place NW) next Monday, April 4 at 6:30 pm to hear about the designs and share you thoughts on the initial concepts.

Pedestrian connections: A new sidewalk could create a needed connection for a residential neighborhood near the I-66 overpass near Great Falls Street and North West Street in Fairfax. Learn about the project and share your opinion at a community meeting on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 pm at 2328 N Oak Street in Falls Church.

Metro wants advice: The Metro Riders' Advisory Council, a group of individuals that advises Metro's board of directors on issues related to bus and rail, will hold its April public meeting next Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 pm at Metro Headquarters (600 5th Street NW). Share your opinion at this meeting or any of their monthly meetings, which will be on the first Wednesday of every month for the rest of the year.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: Metro's turning 40!

Metro turns 40 this week! Also, weigh in on how much of the Wizards practice facility DC residents pay for, give Metro advice on how to get better, learn how cutting back on trash and adding parks makes your community better, and hear the latest on modernizing Union Station.


Photo by Kurt Raschke

Metro's Birthday: Metro has a big birthday coming up. Say your congrats to our region's rail line when it turns 40 this Sunday, March 27!

After the jump: Wizards facility, Metro's advisory council, the benefits of reducing trash, parks in DC, and changes to Union Station.

Funding the Wizards: As of now, DC taxpayers will be on the hook if the Wizards practice facility goes over budget. DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman proposed a bill to limit DC's contribution and make the construction process more transparent. There's a hearing on the bill this Thursday, March 24, at 3 pm in Room 500 in the John A. Wilson Building. To testify, contact the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196 or cow@dccouncil.us by 5:00 pm on March 22.

Metro wants advice: The Metro Riders' Advisory Council, a group of individuals that advises the Metro Board on issues related to bus and rail, will hold its public meeting this Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 pm at Metro Headquarters (600 5th Street NW). Share your opinion at this meeting or any of their monthly meetings, which will be on the first Wednesday of every month for the rest of the year.

No more trash: As part of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Potomac River Watershed Trash Treaty, head to the Transforming Communities Summit this Tuesday, March 22, from 10 am to 4 pm. You'll hear from County Executive Rushern Baker and other leaders about trash reduction and how it leads to healthier lives, cleaner land, and safer water. It's at the University of Maryland College Park's Riggs Alumni Center, at 7801 Alumni Drive in College Park.

The wonder of parks: Learn about the benefits of green spaces on DC residents at the Tree Advocates dinner this week. Hear from several qualified speakers, eat dinner, and chat with fellow trees lovers on Thursday, March 24, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Casey Trees Headquarters (3030 12th Street NE).

Changes to Union Station: Big plans are in the works to expand and modernize Union Station. Learn about the project at a forum next Wednesday, March 30, in the East Hall of Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NE). There will be an open house from 4 pm to 8 pm, with two presentations, one at 4:30 and one at 6:30.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: Drinks, parks, and suburban transit

Want to celebrate the streetcar or chat about transit in Montgomery County? The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting happy hours related to both this week! Also, learn about the link between parks and the economy, multi-modal development in non-urban areas, bike projects in Maryland, and how less trash means better lives.


Photo by mariordo59

Happiest hours: Celebrate the opening of the streetcar or grab a drink with fellow Montgomery County transit advocates at one of two Coalition for Smarter Growth happy hours this Tuesday, March 15. Ride the streetcar to the Argonaut (1433 H Street NE) for the streetcar happy hour at 6:30 pm or head to the MoCo transit supporter happy hour at Denizen's Brewery (1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring) at 6 pm.

After the jump: The economic benefits of parks, transit in the suburbs, biking and walking in Maryland, and the positives of trash cutting back on trash.

Parks help the economy: There has long been link between a parks and green space and health, but did you know parks can also be economically beneficial to a community? Learn about the economic impacts of local and regional parks and at the next Tuesdays at APA this Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th St NW in Suite 750 West.

Transit everywhere: The Montgomery County Planning Department is holding a speaker series focusing on new ideas in transit. At the third and final session, Jeffery Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard, will talk about how to best utilize multi-modal development in suburban environments. Catch the talk this Wednesday, March 16, at 6 pm at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

Biking and walking in Maryland: In an effort to expand biking and walking in Maryland, $14 million in reimbursable grant money will be available in 2016 for projects that enhance biking and walking statewide. Learn about the funding and eligible projects at a workshop this Wednesday at 3 pm at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300)

No more trash: As part of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Potomac River Watershed Trash Treaty, head to the Transforming Communities Summit next Tuesday, March 22, from 10 am to 4 pm to hear from County Executive Rushern Baker and other leaders about trash reduction and its effect on healthier lives, cleaner land, and safer water. It's at the University of Maryland College Park's Riggs Alumni Center, at 7801 Alumni Drive in College Park.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: We're turning 8! Come celebrate!

Celebrate Greater Greater Washington's 8th birthday this Tuesday! Also, share your thoughts on widening Route 7, learn about the link between parks and the economy, and hear about multi-modal development in the suburbs.


Photo by Neil Cummings on Flickr.

GGWash birthday party: Don't miss our big celebration! Join Greater Greater Washington's 8th birthday party this Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm at Vendetta (1212 H Street). There will be a special trivia game, cake, and tons of fun. Please RSVP if you can make it!

After the jump: Paying for transit, widening Route 7, DC's downtown bikeways, the economics of building parks, and the Montgomery County speaker series.

Who will pay for transit?: We hope you come to our party, but if you can't, head over to this month's Action Committee for Transit meeting with Jason Jordan, the Director of the Center for Transportation Excellence, to discuss this question: Are voters willing to pay for transit? The meeting is this Tuesday, March 8. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, which is at One Veterans Place.

Widening Route 7: Route 7 over the Dulles Toll Road in Fairfax County could grow from four to six lanes. Learn about the project and share your opinions at a public meeting this Wednesday, March 9, at 6 pm at 1400 Trap Road in Vienna.

Bikeways at 15th and L: The bikeways at both 15th and L Streets NW are currently doubling as sidewalks. The developers working to turn the former Washington Post building into the Fannie Mae headquarters are holding a meeting to discuss overall next steps after demolition is complete, and how they'll handle bike and pedestrian traffic is a key issue. The meeting is on Thursday, March 10, from 7—9 pm, at 1177 15th Street NW.

Economics of parks: There has long been link between a parks and green space and health, but did you know parks can also be economically beneficial to a community? Learn about the economic impacts of local and regional parks and at the next Tuesdays at APA next Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th St NW in Suite 750 West.

Mutil-modal suburbia: The Montgomery County Planning Department is holding a speaker series focusing on new ideas in transit. At the third and final session, Jeffery Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard, will talk about how to best utilize multi-modal development in suburban environments. Catch the talk next Wednesday, March 16, at 6 pm at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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Events roundup: Our birthday party is next week!

Greater Greater Washington is turning 8! Come celebrate at our birthday party next Tuesday. Also, learn about the intersection of growth and historic preservation with Mayor Bowser and share your opinion on bus route changes in Arlington and new bike access to Vienna Metro.


Photo by Tela Chhe on Flickr.

GGWash birthday party: Come celebrate Greater Greater Washington's 8th birthday on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm at Vendetta (1212 H Street). There will be a special trivia game, cake, and tons of fun! Please RSVP if you can make it!

After the jump: Planning in DC, buses in Arlington, biking to the Vienna Metro, and a talk with CaBi's operator.

Preservation and planning: DC is likely to grow to 800,000 people, but how? This Tuesday, March 1, historic preservationists, real estate development professionals, and community stakeholders will come together with Mayor Bowser to discuss the challenges of growth, development, and historic preservation in the city. The event will begin at 5 pm at the Howard Theater (620 T Street NW).

Buses in Arlington: In order to improve bus service in Arlington over the next decade, there's a new proposal to work on 36 bus routes. Share your feedback on potential big changes at one of two meetings this week. The first is on Tuesday, March 1 from 5 pm to 8 pm at 909 S Dinwiddie Street and the second is on Thursday, March 3 from 4 pm to 6 pm at 1250 South Hayes Street.

Biking to the Vienna Metro: A new study will look at ways to make it easier to bike to the Vienna Metro Station. Share your thoughts on bike access at a community meeting on Wednesday, March 2 from 6 pm to 8 pm at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna.

CaBi operator: Hear from Jay Walder, the President and CEO of Motivate, the largest bike share operator in the country, including the Capital Bikeshare, this Tuesday, March 1 at APTA Transportation Tuesday. It's at 1666 K Street NW, and you can arrive at 5 pm for wine, cheese, and mingling. The presentation and discussion begin at 5:30 pm. RSVP requested to cowens@apta.com.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

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

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