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Join us for happy hour, learn to write about housing, and other great upcoming events

Tuesday night is our next happy hour in Mount Rainier, featuring Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. Also, do you want to learn to write blog posts like the ones on Greater Greater Washington? Are you interested in talking about housing? We'll teach you!


Photo by Tinker*Tailor loves Lalka on Flickr.

Blogging is a powerful way to discuss our region's issues with a greater community. To help you learn, we're hosting a writing workshop with a focus on housing on Wednesday, September 7th at 1919 M Street NW.

Join us to find an outlet for your ideas on housing in the region, and to build your skills and network. The free workshop is at the College Board, 1919 M St NW, Suite 300, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Space is limited, so sign up early—we want you to come!

Besides the writing workshop, there are some other great events coming up:

Tuesday, August 23: Join Greater Greater Washington staff, supporters, and special guest County Executive Rushern Baker for happy hour in Prince George's County from 6 to 8 pm at Bird Kitchen + Cocktails (3801 34th Street). There are many transit options to Mount Rainier, and if you'd like to bike, we have a bike group leaving from Brookland at 5:45 pm. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 24: Netwalking is an organization that gets people out in the community, walking for fitness, and learning about important issues. Join the next Netwalk to tour U Street and learn about effective strategies for effective community engagement. Meet at the corner of Vermont St and 10th Street, NW at 6 pm.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31: Raise a glass with the Coalition for Smarter Growth team at one of two happy hours. Get the scoop on the Purple Line and BRT on Route 1 at the Montgomery Happy Hour on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Fire Station 1 (8131 Georgia Ave) or join us and Shaw Main Streets on Wednesday at Right Proper Brewing (624 T St NW) at 6:00pm to get the latest on our DC policy work and hear about what we have on tap for the fall.

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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Upcoming events: Happy hour with Rushern Baker, bike theft, transportation tech, and more!

Our next happy hour is coming up on Tuesday, August 23, featuring special guest Rushern Baker, the Prince George's County Executive. Also, here are some more upcoming ways for you to extend your urbanist learning and activism to the physical world.


Photo by Joe Loong on Flickr.

County Executive Baker has been a champion for smart growth and transit in a county that has been patiently waiting for both. It's also your chance to visit Mount Rainier, an awesome town on the DC/Maryland line home to the burgeoning Gateway Arts District. RSVP here.

We'll be there from 6 to 8 pm at Bird Kitchen + Cocktails, located at 3801 34th Street, Mount Rainier. Our original announcement has a list of Metro rail and bus options for getting there.

If you'd like to bike, Ned Russell and Matt Johnson are organizing a bicycle group to go to the happy hour from The Bike Rack, 716 Monroe Street NE by the Brookland Metro station. They'll depart promptly at 5:45 pm. Here's a map of the route.

This happy hour is sponsored by the Anacostia Heritage Trails Association (also known as Maryland Milestones), which promotes local history in the area.

Besides the happy hour, there are some other great events coming up:

Today, August 14: Worried about bike theft? Come discuss your concerns with safety and enforcement at the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting at 6 pm at Busboys and Poets (1025 5th St) with special guest Phil Koopman of BicycleSPACE.

Thursday, August 18: Learn about the latest tech that's helping people share the road at the next Transportation Techies meetup, where individual coders and tech companies from around the region show off their work. This month's theme is "Playing with Traffic," and it's at 6 pm at the WeWork in Crystal City (2221 South Clark Street).

Next Thursday, August 24: Netwalking is an organization that gets people out in the community, walking for fitness, and learning about important issues. The next Netwalk will focus on the U Street neighborhood and will teach people about strategies for effective community engagement. It starts at 6pm; Meet at the corner of Vermont St and 10th Street, NW.

Coming to the happy hour? Let us know here:

Events


Events roundup: Can we end automobile dependence?

To make our region greater, we need to get involved both online and in person. Check our our list of ways to get involved!


Photo by VCU CNS on Flickr.

The United States has a long-running love affair with cars, and here in the DC region we're still struggling to focus on moving people rather than moving cars. Peter Newman, the author of The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning, has examined car-dependence in 44 global cities.

Hear what Newman has learned and how it relates to where we live at a book talk this Thursday, August 11, at ZGF Architects (1800 K Street NW #200). Doors open at 5:30 pm and the event begins at 6 pm.

Other upcoming events:

Tuesday, August 9: As residents flock to urbanizing areas, there's often both a need for new schools and limited land to build on. Hear from Pranjali Rai and Ralph Bennett from the University of Maryland at this month's Action Committee for Transit meeting as they address building schools in high-density areas. The meeting is on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Place).

Saturday, August 13: What could make Ward 4 an even better place to live? The District's Department of Transportation wants to know and is holding two simultaneous outreach events on Saturday, August 13, both from 9 am to 1 pm. One is at the 14th & Kennedy Farmers' Market (14th and Kennedy Streets NW) and the other is at the Petworth Community Market (9th and Upshur Streets NW).

Next Thursday, August 18: Learn about the latest tech that's helping people share the road at Playing with Traffic, an event at 6pm at the WeWork in Crystal City (2221 South Clark Street).

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.

Events


Events roundup: Union Station's new concourse

Union Station's concourse is getting a facelift. Share you thoughts on this project, as well as on a study of the area around Fort Dupont and the upcoming changes to Beach Drive, which runs through Rock Creek Park. On Friday, cool off and check out an urban-themed art show.


Photo by Kevin Harber.

A more modern Union Station: A major project is in the works to renovate Union Station's transit concourse, the area where passengers wait for Amtrak and MARC trains. Head over to an open house this Thursday, July 28 Tuesday, July 26, from 4 pm to 7 pm to see the latest design. The meeting will be in the Starlight Room at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE).

After the jump: A "livability" study, rehabbing Beach Drive, and an urban art show.

Livability east of the Anacostia: What could make neighborhoods in DC's southeast quadrant better in terms of transportation, housing, public health, cultural resources, and nature? The District Department of Transportation is asking that question in its Far Southeast Livability Study, and it wants to hear from you! Share your thoughts at a community advisory meeting this Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm 5001 Central Avenue SE.

Beach Drive rehab: Work to rehabilitate Beach Drive, a main thoroughfare through Rock Creek Park, is slated to begin after Labor Day and will last three years. There will be improvements for walking and biking, and stormwater management. A meeting on the upcoming work will be this Thursday, July 28, at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library (3310 Connecticut Avenue NW) at 7 pm.

Urban art show: Take in some urban-inspired culture this week at an art show exploring "the dweling from various points of view." Attend the opening of Outside-In this Friday, July 29, at 7pm, at the Smith Center for the Healing Arts (1632 U Street NW) or view the show while its on display until September 2.

Ongoing events: Make sure not to forget about the ongoing chances to get involved, like your local ANC meeting or your local WABA Action Committee. Find yours today!

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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Join us and Rushern Baker for happy hour in Mount Rainier

It's about time we had a Greater Greater happy hour in Prince George's County! Join us Tuesday, August 23 in Mount Rainier at Bird Kitchen + Cocktails with special guest Rushern Baker.


Photo by Maryland GovPics on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 23 from 6 to 8pm, come up to Bird Kitchen + Cocktails, located at 3801 34th Street. The last time we had a Greater Greater happy hour in Prince George's County was in 2010, and after six years away, we're excited to come back for some drinks and conversation.

We're also excited to hang out with County Executive Rushern Baker. Now in his second term, Baker has gotten serious about bringing urbanism and transit to a county that has sorely lacked both. He's spearheaded the revitalization of old urban places like Hyattsville and College Park and has worked to create new urban places at Prince George's Plaza, New Carrollton, and Greenbelt, which could soon be home to the FBI.

Bird Kitchen + Cocktails isn't near a Metro station, but it's directly across from the Mount Rainier Bus Terminal, located at 34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue. To get to the bus terminal, you can take Metrobus 81, 82, 83, 86, T14, or T18, all of which leave from the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station (Red Line) about every five minutes during rush hour. It's a 15-minute ride.

From the Green Line, go to West Hyattsville and take The Bus 12 towards Mount Rainier, or Metrobus F1 and F2 towards Cheverly and get off at Mount Rainier. From the Orange Line, go to Cheverly and take Metrobus F1 and F2 towards Takoma and get off at Mount Rainier.

Capital Bikeshare doesn't go to Mount Rainier, but it's easy to bike there, and we're thinking of organizing a meet up, starting in maybe Brookland or at Rhode Island Avenue Metro, for those of us planning to head out on two wheels. Would you join us if we did?

This year, we've held happy hours in Edgewood, Silver Spring, and 14th Street. Next up, we're headed to Arlington. Where should we go next?

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Join us for happy hour on 14th Street

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, join us on 14th Street at Trade.


Photo by Mr.TinDC on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 19 from 6 to 8 pm, join contributors and readers for drinks and conversation at Trade, located at 1410 14th Street NW (between P and Rhode Island). Dubbed "DC's best new gay bar" by the City Paper, Trade's known for its "huge happy hour" specials (drinks are the same price, but come in a huge glass.)

Why go to a gay bar? Though many LGBTQ+ people no longer have to live in the closet, gay bars are still valuable places to gather and celebrate LGBTQ+ identity and culture. Gay bars help make the DC area great, and we'd like to celebrate them.

Trade is a ten-minute walk from several Metro stations, including McPherson Square (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines), U Street (Green and Yellow), and Dupont Circle (Red). If you're coming by bus, the Metrobus 50 buses stop out front, the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan Circulator stops at 14th and Rhode Island Avenue, and the Metrobus S buses stop two blocks away on 16th Street. There are also Capital Bikeshare stations at 14th and R and 14th and Rhode Island.

This year, we've held happy hours in Adams Morgan, H Street, Edgewood, and Silver Spring. Later this summer, we're heading to Mount Rainier (our first Prince George's County happy hour in six years!) and Arlington. Where should we go next?

Events


Events roundup: New row houses in Brookland

The next steps in the effort to develop the space around St. Joseph's seminary in Brookland are here. Also, check out the latest plans for Union Station, learn about solar power co-ops in DC, share thoughts on livability in Ward 7, and join us for happy hour next week.


St. Joseph's seminary in Brookland. Photo by Jonathan Neeley.

New housing at St. Joseph's: Space behind the St. Joseph's Seminary in Michigan Park is slated for 82 new rowhouses, along with new park space and other amenities.

EYA, the developer, will share details about the project at an open house this Tuesday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at 1200 Varnum Street NE.

Go solar: Interested in going solar? Neighborhoods across DC are forming co-ops to make it easier and more affordable to get solar panels. Attend this info session on Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30pm, to learn about solar energy and the benefits of a co-op platform. The meeting is at the SE Neighborhood Library (403 7th Street SE).

Livability in ward 7: What could make neighborhoods in ward 7 better for residents? The District Department of Transportation wants to hear from you! Share your thoughts on transportation and livability at the community advisory meeting on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm 5001 Central Avenue SE.

Modernize Union Station: A major project is in the works to renovate Union Station's transit concourse, the area where passengers wait for the trains. Head over to an open house on Tuesday, July 26, from 4 pm to 7 pm to see the latest design. The meeting will be in the Starlight Room at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE).

Challenges for TOD: Head over to Action Committee for Transit's meeting this month to hear from McLean Quinn, the vice president of EYA, about the challenges of building housing near transit. The meeting is this Tuesday, July 12. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place.

GGWash happy hour: Spend the evening with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts, at our July happy hour on Tuesday, July 19. It's at Trade (1410 14th Street NW), from 6 pm to 8 pm. Join us!

Ongoing events: Make sure you don't forget about the ongoing chances to get involved, like your local ANC meeting or your local WABA Action Committee. Find yours today!

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.

Events


Events roundup: Design a protected bike lane

Stay active and engaged this summer by learning how planners design protected bike lanes, checking out the latest Metro-related apps and data, or attending a regular Advisory Neighborhood Commission or Washington Area Bicyclist Association meeting. Also, don't forget to submit your ideas to our MetroGreater contest!


Photo by BeyondDC

Protected bike lane workshop: Want to learn how to design protected bike lanes? Discuss and learn the latest design guides at a free workshop with Toole Design and the Federal Highway Administration this Wednesday, June 29, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It's at 777 North Capitol Street, and you can RSVP to attend.

After the jump: Metro hacks, MetroGreater, ANC and WABA meetings.

Metro hack: People around the region are coming up with clever ways to combine tech and transit. Check out the fifth edition of Metro Hack to hear the latest on Metro related apps and data visualizations. It's this Tuesday, June 28, at 6 pm at 2221 South Clark Street in Arlington.

MetroGreater: Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth joined with WMATA to launch MetroGreater, a crowdsourced website for small, meaningful ideas to improve Metro. Submit your ideas before the July 15th deadline!

Ongoing events: Make sure you don't forget about the ongoing chances to get involved, like your local ANC meeting or your local WABA Action Committee. Find yours today!

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.

Events


Events roundup: GGWash happy hour is this week!

This week, hang out with fellow Greater Greater Washington readers and contributors, along with Montgomery County Planning Board chair Casey Anderson, at our happy hour in Silver Spring. Later in the week, take a stroll along the Mall to talk about its history and design, share thoughts on livability in Ward 7, and learn how to design protected bike lanes.


Photo by Aimee Custis.

GGWash happy hour: Spend the evening with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts, along with the chair of Montgomery County's Planning Board, at our happy hour on Tuesday, June 21st. It's at Bump 'n Grind (1200 East-West Highway) in Silver Spring, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Join us!

After the jump: Walk to the Capitol, Ward 7, and protected bike lanes.

Walk the Mall: Join a walk from the White House to the Capitol to discuss current and historical street design and consider the many presidential inaugurations and civil rights marches that have walked the same route. The walk, hosted by the League of Sidewalk Superintendents, is on Wednesday, June 22nd, and will start at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (15th and E Street NW) at 6:30 pm.

Livability in Ward 7: What could make neighborhoods DC's southeast quadrant better for residents? The District Department of Transportation wants to hear from you! Share your thoughts on transportation and livability at the first public workshop this Saturday, June 25 at 4601 Texas Avenue SE. A livability parade begins at 10:30am, followed by an open house and presentation at 12 pm.

Protected bike lane workshop: Want to learn how to design protected bike lanes? Discuss and learn the latest design guides at a workshop with Toole Design and the Federal Highway Administration next Wednesday, June 29, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It's at 777 North Capitol Street, and you can RSVP to attend.

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.

Events


Events roundup: Let us teach you how to blog!

Next week, we're hosting a workshop to teach you to write great blog posts. Between now and then, learn about bikeways in Montgomery County, transit on Route 7, the coming Potomac Yard Metro, and studies for improving Ward 4 and travel across DC. This weekend, buy and sell your old bike and parts at a bike swap.


Photo by Sue Richards on Flickr.

Blogging the GGWash way Thursday, June 23rd, we're teaching a crash course on how to use blogs to communicate effectively. We'll be at 2001 L Street NW from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You're invited, and you can RSVP here!

After the jump: Bikes in Montgomery, Ward 4, Route 7, downtown travel, Potomac Yard, and more.

Montgomery bikeways: Head over to Action Committee for Transit's meeting this month to hear about the Montgomery County bikeway program. Montgomery County Bikeways Coordinator Pat Shepherd and Bicycle Pedestrian Priority Area Program Manager Matt Johnson will speak. The meeting is this Tuesday, June 14. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, at One Veterans Place.

A better Ward 4: How could Ward 4, which includes Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood, and 16th Street Heights, be a better place to live? The District's Department of Transportation wants to know, and is holding its second public workshop on the matter on Monday, June 13, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at 800 Ingraham Street NW. There, you can share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

Transit on Route 7: It looks like bus rapid transit is Fairfax's choice for transit along Route 7. Head to the third and final public meeting to learn about the proposed route and to share your thoughts. The meeting is this Tuesday, June 14, at 7130 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church starting at 7 pm.

Downtown travel: On top of looking at ways to make travel between Columbia Heights and Brookland easier ,DC's Department of Transportation wants to improve bike, bus, and pedestrian travel on Pennsylvania, H Street and I Street downtown. Share your thoughts on the program at a public meeting this Wednesday, June 15, at the Martin Luther King Library (901 G Street NW).

Potomac Yard Metro: There's a Metro station coming to Potomac Yard. Learn more about the project and share your thoughts at the public meeting this Thursday, June 16, at City Hall (301 King Street) at 7 pm.

Bike Swap:Looking for a new bike or need to sell an old one? Check out the Bike Swap at Union Market Dock 5 to get your hands on a bike or the parts you need. It's this Sunday, June 19, and it supports Gearin' Up, a local non-profit and bike shop.

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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