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Events roundup: Join us for happy hour!

Join fellow readers and contributors at Greater Greater Washington's happy hour on Thursday! Also, hear about the region's housing shortage, learn about adding HOV lanes to I-66, and share your thoughts on plans for trails in Prince George's and Fairfax Counties.


Photo by Aimee Custis.

GGWash happy hour: Hang out with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts this Thursday, May 26, at our Greater Greater Washington happy hour. It's at the Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th Street NE) in Edgewood, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Don't miss out!

After the jump: housing shortages, HOV on I-66, and trails in Prince George's and Fairfax.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a forum this Tuesday, May 24th hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

HOV on I-66: HOV lanes are coming to I-66. Learn about the details at one of three public meetings next week. The first is today, Monday, May 23, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna, the second is this Tuesday, May 24, at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax, and the third is this Wednesday, May 25, at 8302 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Prince George's trails: Prince George's County wants to expand its park trail system. Share your thoughts on improving accessibility, connectivity, and trail maintenance at a public meeting this Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm at 8001 Sheriff Road in Hyattsville.

Fairfax's McWhorter trail: Changes are coming to the McWhorter Place Trail in Fairfax. Join Fairfax Supervisor Penny Gross and the Fairfax Department of Transportation this Wednesday, May 25, to view the plans and share your opinion on the project. The meeting starts at 7 pm at 4700 Medford Drive in Annandale.

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 in Edgewood for happy hour

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, we're heading back to Edgewood for drinks, conversation, and (if the rain would stop already) some fresh air on the deck of the Dew Drop Inn.


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Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 8 pm, we'll be at the Dew Drop Inn, located at 2801 8th Street NE. Formerly home to Chocolate City Brewing Company, this bar may be best known for its rooftop deck, which overlooks the Red Line tracks.

The Dew Drop Inn is located between the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA Metro stations. From Rhode Island Avenue, the bar is about a half-mile up the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just past Franklin Street. From Brookland, it's six blocks south of the station along 8th Street. If you're coming by bus, the Metrobus D8, G8, and H8 all stop within two blocks, while several other routes stop at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station three blocks away at 7th and Hamlin Streets NE.

This year, we've held happy hours in Adams Morgan and H Street, but keep an eye out for future events in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. We're always looking for new, Metro-accessible locations for future happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

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Events roundup: What's next for streetcar?

Following the DC Streetcar's successful opening, learn about the next steps for expanding the line past the Benning Road Metro and west to Georgetown. Then, head to Virginia to support a better bike network, take a tour of historic Fairfax, and learn about building a new street grid Reston.


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What's next for the DC Streetcar?: DC wants to expand its streetcar. Learn about the plans to make it run from Union Station to Georgetown, and the potential environmental impacts, at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 pm on the first floor of Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW). Then, learn about the environmental impact for the proposed extension east of the Benning Road Metro at a public meeting on Thursday, May 19, at 6 pm at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE.

After the jump: A bike project in Fairfax, a Reston street grid, tour the City of Fairfax, talk about the housing shortage, and HOV on I-66.

Fairfax bike infrastructure: Fairfax County wants to make it easier to ride a bike along Little River Turnpike, from the City of Fairfax to Alexandria. Share your thoughts on the project at a community meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm at Annandale Terrace Elementary School (7604 Herald Street).

Connecting Reston: Street grids could make parts of Reston more connected to one another. Head over to a community meeting on Reston's plan to make it easier to walk, bike, and drive this Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm at 11400 South Lakes Drive and share your thoughts on connectivity and transit.

Tour the City of Fairfax: Join Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of the City of Fairfax this Sunday, May 22, at 1 pm to learn about the city's popular new town green and learn about the planning update to bring new transportation options and redevelopment to this small historic city. RSVP for more information.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a May 24th forum hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

HOV on I-66: HOV lanes are coming to I-66. Learn about the details at one of three public meetings next week. The first is on Monday, May 23, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna, the second is on Tuesday, May 24, at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax, and the third is on Wednesday, May 25, at 8302 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

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 the 11th Street Bridge Park

Get the lowdown on accessibility for the new 11th Street Bridge Park and hear from DC at-large candidates at a local forum. Also, hear about the best approach to completing big transit projects, learn about strategies to connect technology and public transit, and don't miss the next steps in the DC Streetcar project.


Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr.

11th Street Bridge: The 11th Street Bridge Park hopes to connect businesses and residents on both sides of the Anacostia River. Hear about how the project plans to account for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit at a presentation from the Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Program team this Wednesday, May 11 at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE at 6:30 pm.

After the jump: DC candidate forum, big transit projects, transit and tech, small scale developers, and the future of the DC Streetcar.

DC at-large forum: Vincent Orange, David Garber, and Robert White, all candidates for the DC Council's at-large seat, will take part in a forum hosted by the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force. Hear from candidates and voice your concerns about your community. It's Monday, May 9, at 6:30 pm at 3560 Warder Street NW.

Amtrak's big transit projects: What kinds of big transit projects does Amtrak have in mind for the Northeast Corridor? Hear from Stephen Gardner, the Executive Vice President of Northeast Corridor Business Development at Amtrak, at this month's Transportation Tuesday program at the American Public Transit Association. It's this Tuesday, May 10, at 5 pm at 1300 I Street NW. Please RSVP to attend.

Transit and tech: Technology is changing the face of transit. How will public transit adapt? Head over to this month's Tuesdays at APA to hear about how transit supporters and agencies can leverage technology to improve transit. The meeting is this Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th Street NW.

What's next for the DC Streetcar?: DC wants to expand its streetcar! Learn about the future plans to extend the Streetcar from Union Station to Georgetown, and the potential environmental impact, at the first public meeting next Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 pm on the first floor of Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW).

Small scale developers: Want to learn how to be a small scale developer? Head over to the Silver Spring Small Developer Boot Camp this Saturday, May 14. If you don't have time for the training, you can mingle with like-minded folks at the pre-event happy hour on Friday, May 13 at 6:00 pm at 8131 Georgia Avenue.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a May 24th forum hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

Other events this week: Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting, YPT transit speed networking, and Fairfax Southrun Bikeway meeting.

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: Let's watch a new sport

We're hanging out on Saturday evening, and we want our readers to join us! Come watch our editor play with his pro ultimate team. Also coming up: forums on new transit options in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, a walking tour of Wheaton, and a presentation of a potential new park design in NoMa.


Photo by Fred Wolf on Flickr.

Hang out with GGWash, watch a new sport: Our Staff Editor, Jonathan Neeley, is also a top ultimate Frisbee player and a member of the DC Breeze, DC's professional ultimate team. GGWash staff and contributors are going to watch him and the Breeze play this Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 pm at Gallaudet University's Hotchkiss Field. We hope you'll join us!

After the jump: BRT and other transit in Maryland, a NoMa park design, a Wheaton tour, and more.

Faces of Transit forum: The Purple Line and bus rapid transit could bring major change to Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. 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.

BRT in Maryland: The bus rapid transit that Montgomery County is working on will run on a portion of Route 355. To discuss preliminary plans for that specific corridor,, head over to a public meeting this Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm in the Gaithersburg High School cafeteria.

Student park design: Students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School worked with the NoMa Business Improvement District this semester to design a park for the NoMa neighborhood. Check out their designs at the CityVision reception at the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW) this Thursday, May 5, at 6 pm.

Wheaton tour: Join Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of Wheaton this Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 am to learn about Wheaton's planned transit, transit-oriented development, and future as an arts and entertainment district. RSVP for more information.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a May 24th forum hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

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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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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