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Join us in Navy Yard for our holiday party

We're having a holiday party to celebrate another year of writing about the people and places that make the DC area great. Join us next month in Navy Yard to celebrate!


Skating in Canal Park. Photo by Azeez Bakare on Flickr.

On Monday, December 12 from 6 to 8 pm, we'll be at Il Parco, the new Italian restaurant inside Canal Park. Meet contributors and readers, enjoy drinks and Il Parco's famous Neapolitan-style pizza, and watch the action in the adjacent ice skating rink. (Maybe Matt' Johnson will show us some moves!) If you plan on coming, please RSVP here.

Il Parco is located at 200 M Street SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line). The DC Circulator Navy Yard-Union Station line stops one block away at M Street and New Jersey Avenue, Metrobus routes A9, P6, and V4 stop across the street, and the W9 is a few blocks away on South Capitol Street. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station at M Street and New Jersey Avenue.

This year, we've held happy hours in Chinatown, Court House, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, Edgewood, H Street NE, and Adams Morgan. Where should we go next year? Let us know.

Once you've got our happy hour on your calendar, plan ahead for a few other great events coming up!

Tuesday, November 29: Lee Highway in Arlington is getting a face lift. Take part in the planning process at one of two meetings next week, a daytime meeting at 12:30 pm at 1920 North Highland Street and a nighttime meeting at 6 pm at 5722 Lee Highway.

Wednesday, November 30: Did you know that virtually all of Greater Greater Washington's posts come from volunteer writers? Blogging is a powerful way to share what you know, and we want to teach you how to do it! We're running a blogging workshop to teach you the basic fundamentals any post should have, how to pick an engaging topic, and more! It's from 6:30-8:30 pm at Arlington Central Library (1015 North Quincy Street). Please RSVP here!

Wednesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 1: Planners behind the Purple Line are working hard to involve local artists to help make stations unique. Have an idea to share with the artists? You can meet and talk to them next week! The meeting in Montgomery County is next Wednesday at 51 University Boulevard East and the one in Prince George's County is next Thursday at 5051 Pierce Avenue in College Park. Both meetings are at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, December 1: Do you live in Ward 6, and do you want to celebrate it? Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen for the 10th Annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards at The Apollo (600 H Street NE) at 6 pm, where he will honor the people, places, and organizations that make Ward 6 unique. RSVP here.

Friday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 6: The Four Mile Run Valley in Arlington is taking the time to envision its future. There are four opportunities to weigh in on the design, the first being this Friday, December 2, from 7 pm to 9 pm at 3939 Campbell Avenue. There is also a design workshop on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at 3500 23rd Street South, open studio sessions from Sunday through Tuesday at 2700 Quincy Street, and a closing event on Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm at at 3500 23rd Street South.

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 to our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events: Learn to blog with GGWash, and come to our holiday party!

After the Thanksgiving break, we're hosting both a blogging workshop and a holiday party. We hope you'll put them on your calendar now!


Image from 2 dogs on Flickr.

Did you know that virtually all of Greater Greater Washington's posts come from volunteer writers? Blogging is a powerful way to share what you know, and we want to teach you how to do it! At our blogging workshop, we'll teach you the basic fundamentals any post should have, how to pick an engaging topic, and more!

The workshop is next Wednesday, November 30, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Arlington Central Library (1015 North Quincy Street). Please RSVP here!

In early December, we're having a holiday party to celebrate another year of writing about the people and places that make our region great. Join contributors and readers for an evening of drinks, snacks, and great conversation. Stay tuned for an announcement with a specific location (it'll be somewhere in the District) and a date.

If you're interested in working to make your community better, you may want to check out one of these events as well:

Next Tuesday, November 29: Lee Highway in Arlington is getting a face lift. Take part in the planning process at one of two meetings next week, a daytime meeting at 12:30 pm at 1920 North Highland St and a nighttime meeting at 6 pm at 5722 Lee Highway.

Next Wednesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 1: Planners behind the Purple Line are working hard to involve local artists to help make stations unique. Have an idea to share with the artists? You can meet and talk to them next week! The meeting in Montgomery County is next Wednesday at 51 University Boulevard East and the one in Prince George's County is next Thursday at 5051 Pierce Avenue in College Park. Both meetings are at 6:30 pm.

Next Thursday, December 1: Do you live in Ward 6, and do you want to celebrate it? Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen for the 10th Annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards at The Apollo (600 H Street NE) at 6 pm, where he will honor the people, places, and organizations that make Ward 6 unique. RSVP 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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Events: Learn how inclusionary zoning and community land trusts work

To make a positive impact, it's important to do more than just read about and discuss issues online. We publish our weekly events post to tell you about opportunities to get out and act!


Photo by Timothy Vollmer

Our region's amount of housing that's affordable is dwindling. It's a huge challenge that we have to address if we want the region to include people of all income levels and backgrounds. This week, there are two chances to learn about tools we can use to help solve the problem.

Inclusionary zoning (IZ) and community land trusts are two of the many ways to create affordable housing. On Tuesday at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th Street NW, get the lowdown on the history and future of IZ from Gene Bulmash, the inclusionary zoning program manager at DC's Department of Housing and Community Development.

On Saturday, learn about how community land trusts can create housing and empower residents, and learn about the potential to create one in Anacostia. The meeting is at 2 pm at the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE).

These other great events are coming up soon as well:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 14 to 16: Loudoun County, like DC, is taking a close look at their Comprehensive Plan, their guide for future growth, development, and transit decisions. Now is your chance to weigh in! Attend one of three public meetings this week: Monday at 45020 Aviation Dr in Sterling, Tuesday at 1500 E Market St in Leesburg, and Wednesday at 26020 Ticonderoga Rd in Chantilly. All meetings start at 6:30 pm.

Monday, November 14: DC's Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. The last meeting is Monday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at 1001 Monroe St NE. If you didn't make a meeting in your neighborhood, you can fill out the survey here or sign up here to get further updates from GGWash about ways to make a difference in the Comp Plan process.

Tuesday, November 15: Get a full update on Safetrack from WMATA Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader at this month's Action Committee for Transit meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center (One Veterans Place).

Wednesday, November 16: Our transportation system needs to serve everybody, including older adults and people with disabilities, but there are often gaps in access. Head over to an open mic-style event to hear, learn and develop recommendations to make transportation services easier for everyone to use. The event starts at 4 pm and is at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE.

Thursday, November 17: Get your fill of storytelling and urbanism at this Pecha Kucha, a fast-paced storytelling-style event on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Wonder Bread Factory (641 S Street NW). Hear quick stories from DC Department of Environment Director Tommy Wells and a few Greater Greater Washington Contributors.

Thursday, November 17: With a college, residences, and two major roadways all coming together at Ward Circle in NW, balancing traffic and pedestrian safety can be hard. Attend a DDOT meeting about Ward Circle this Thursday at 7 pm at 4430 Newark Street NW to hear about and weigh in on the issue.

As soon as you're able!: There's no need to leave the house for this one. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which controls $400 million per year in funds for building new transportation projects, wants to know what you think our region's transportation priorities should be. Should we have more transit access and more frequent service? More Park and Rides or highway connections? Take the NVTA's survey to weigh in.

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 to our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events: VOTE!

If you want to help make your community the best it can be, the most important thing you can do this week is get out and vote. There's plenty on the line in the national presidential election, but there are also lots of important state and local elections, and you should make your voice heard!


Photo by Justin Grimes on Flickr.

Greater Greater Washington published a set of endorsements for races across the region, and WAMU put together a very useful voter guide as well. Here are resources more tailored to DC (if you're voting there, make sure to check out our endorsements for ANC elections!), Maryland, and Virginia.

Make sure you don't sit this one out! Also, check out these other great events for the next two weeks:

Monday, November 7: Loudoun County, like DC, is taking a close look at their Comprehensive Plan, their guide for future growth, development, and transit decisions. Now is your chance to weigh in! Attend one of four public meetings. The first one is today, Monday, November 7, at 18980 Upper Belmont Place. The next three are next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Thursday, November 10: Fairfax City wants to improve walking and biking conditions throughout the downtown area with an update to its mutimodal transportation plan. Share your input at one of two sessions over the next two weeks: Thursday, November 10 from 11 am to 1 pm at 4401 Sideburn Road and Thursday, November 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm at 3801 Jermantown Road.

Next Monday, November 14: DC's Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. The last meeting is next Monday at 6:00 pm at 1001 Monroe Street NE. If you didn't make a meeting in your neighborhood, you can fill out the survey here or sign up here to get further updates from GGWash about ways to make a difference on this Comp Plan process.

Next Tuesday, November 15: Curious about how DC's Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policy works? You're probably not alone. Get the lowdown on the history and future of this policy and how it works in DC's toolkit to help create more affordable housing at Tuesday at APA next Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th St NW.

Next Wednesday, November 16: Our transportation system needs to serve everybody, including older adults and people with disabilities, but there are often gaps in access. Head over to an open mic-style event to hear, learn and develop recommendations to make transportation services easier for everyone to use. The event starts at 4 pm and is at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE.

As soon as you're able!: There's no need to leave the house for this one. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which controls $400 million per yearin funds for building new transportation projects, wants to know what you think our region's transportation priorities should be. Should we have more transit access and more frequent service? More Park and Rides or highway connections? Take the NVTA's survey to weigh in.

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: What should DC look like in the future?

It's great to learn online, but if we want to make our region better, we have to get involved in the community too—that's why we put together a weekly list of events for you to consider attending! If you're a DC resident, check out a meeting about the update to the Comprehensive Plan, which will shape the District's future.


Photo by Aimee Custis

The Comp Plan, which is the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. If you weigh in, you can help make it the best it can be, but there are only three chances left.

This week, there are meetings on Tuesday, November 1 at 2425 N Street NW and Thursday, November 3 at 801 7th Street SW. Both start at 6 pm, as does the final one, which is on Monday, November 14 at 1001 Monroe Street NE.

If you can't make any of these meetings, you can still tell the Office of Planning what you think here. You can also sign up to get further updates from GGWash about ways to make a difference in the Comp Plan process.

Monday, October 31: Jonathan Rose, founder of a company that focuses on environmental, social, and economic solutions to urban issues, will speak about his new book, The Well-Tempered City, a "passionate survey of the ongoing evolution of the metropolis," on Monday, October 31, at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW). It's at 7 pm, and seating is first-come-first-served.

Tuesday, November 1: Hear from a roundtable panel about the National Park Service (NPS) and urban parks in DC as part of a series hosted by DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Learn how residents can work with NPS and what Norton can do to facilitate a good relationship. The event is at 6:30 pm at the African America Civil War Museum (1925 Vermont Avenue NW).

Wednesday, November 2: Are you looking to buy a home in DC? Attend this session on Thursday at 815 Florida Avenue NW at 6pm to learn about DC's Open Doors mortgage process from experts in the field.

Thursday, November 3: Find out how bike and tech fit together at the sixth Capital Bikeshare Hack Night this Thursday at 2221 South Clark Street in Arlington.

As soon as you're able!: There's no need to leave the house for this one. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which controls $400 million per yearin funds for building new transportation projects, wants to know what you think our region's transportation priorities should be. Should we have more transit access and more frequent service? More Park and Rides or highway connections? Take the NVTA's survey to weigh in.

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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Come hang out! We're hosting happy hour in Chinatown on Tuesday.

It's time for GGWash's next happy hour! Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, join GGWash contributors, readers, and the winners and finalists from the MetroGreater Contest in a conversation about how our region is great, and can be greater!


Our last happy hour, at Fire Works in Arlington. Photo by Jonathan Neeley.

We all know that Metro is facing some very big challenges right now. But people all over the region still ride Metro everyday, and the MetroGreater finalists and winner proposed some great ideas to help make riders' daily Metro commutes a little better. We want to say "thanks."

Join us tomorrow from 6 to 8 pm at RFD, located at 810 7th Street NW. RSVP today!

RFD is one block from the Gallery Place-Chinatown station (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), and a few blocks from Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). If you're coming by bus, Metrobus 70/79 stops on 7th and 9th streets, while the X2/X9 stops on H Street NW. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station at 8th and H streets NW.

On the way, you can take a stroll through the Barnes Dance intersection at 7th and H.

In the past few months, we've been to Arlington, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, and Edgewood for happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

If you can't make the happy hour (or even if you can!), check out these other great events in the region, including the Coalition for Smarter Growth's forum on funding for Metro.

Tuesday, October 25, Thursday, October 27, and various dates to come: DC's Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. There are meetings all over the city over the next few weeks, including Tuesday at 6pm at 3950 Chesapeake St NW and Thursday at 6pm at 4058 Minnesota Ave NE. Find the one closest to you, attend a meeting, and weigh in to have a real impact on DC's future. Sign up here to get further updates from GGWash about ways to make a difference on this Comp Plan process.

Wednesday, October 26: Funding is a huge issue for Metro, from recent ideas to cut service to the ongoing question of what role, exactly, the jurisdictions the Metro serves should play in making sure it stays up and running. Dive into the intricacies of Metro funding with Coalition for Smarter Growth and a panel of seven experts, including DC Councilmember Jack Evans and Maryland state delegate Marc Korman, this Wednesday at Georgetown University of Urban and Regional Planning (640 Massachusetts Avenue NW). RSVP now for details.

Thursday, October 27: Curious about how DC's at-large candidates feel about housing? The economy? Get informed for the 2016 local DC election at an at-large candidate forum on Thursday at 6:30 pm at 2235 Shannon Place SE. Confirmed candidates to date are David Grosso, Robert White, Lee Aikin, Carolina Celnik, and John Cheeks.

Saturday, October 29: A tiny area at the east end of U Street and north of Shaw has seen enormous growth. New developments, like the one at the Atlantic Plumbing building, are changing the game with striking modern industrial architecture. Take a look at some of the major changes in housing, retail, and business that are fueling the transformation and get the inside scoop on projects in the pipeline with Coalition for Smarter Growth as they explore the area on their final walking tour this season. The event is this Saturday at 10am. RSVP for details.

Next Monday, October 31: Jonathan Rose, founder of a company that focuses on environmental, social, and economic solutions to urban issues, will speak about his new book, The Well-Tempered City, a "passionate survey of the ongoing evolution of the metropolis," next Monday at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW). Seating is first-come-first-served.

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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Ask DC's planners to address rising housing costs!

DC's Office of Planning will be updating the city's Comprehensive Plan, and wants to hear from you about what needs to change. Can you attend one of eight meetings over the next few weeks?

The "Comp Plan" is the high-level document governing the city's growth and change. It includes chapters on housing, the environment, waste infrastructure, schools, and more. The most specific parts of the plan dictate how much can be built, and where; zoning and development decisions are supposed to be based on the Comp Plan, and a recent court case gave the plan, specifically one map inside it, even more teeth.

This makes the update critical if we want to be able to keep adding enough housing to meet demand, focusing new growth near Metro stations and high-frequency buses, and encouraging walkable urbanism. OP planners need to hear from you to prioritize these needs as they consider amendments.

Every five years, the government updates the plan. This year, changes will be relatively modest, focusing on ways the assumptions or predictions in the 2006 plan have fallen out of step with reality. A group of GGWash staff and readers have been reading the plan and noticed some ways the plan has gotten out of date:

Some people will be attending these meetings to ask for even more obstacles against new people moving into neighborhoods. It's important for the planners to hear residents ask for improvements in the Comp Plan that truly fulfill its stated objective of "a growing and inclusive city."

We need the Comp Plan to ensure there is housing for people at all income levels and enough so prices don't spiral out of control (any more than they already have), and for all neighborhoods to be part of the solution rather than a competition for each neighborhood to wall itself off and push change to someone else's street.

There are eight meetings, one per ward (though OP uses "planning areas" which don't change every ten years). Each meeting will feature a presentation by planners about the Comp Plan, an open house where people can talk with planners, and then an "open mic" for feedback.

The meetings are:

  • Wednesday, October 19, 6-8:30 pm in Columbia Heights
  • Saturday, October 22, 9-11:30 am in Anacostia
  • Tuesday, October 25, 6-8:30 pm in Tenleytown
  • Thursday, October 27, 6-8:30 pm on Minnesota Avenue
  • Tuesday, November 1, 6-8:30 pm in West End/Foggy Bottom
  • Thursday, November 3, 6-8:30 pm in Southwest Waterfront
  • Monday, November 14, 6-8:30 pm in Brookland
See the specific locations and other details here. If you can't attend, you can also give your thoughts at this online survey.

Either way, sign up using the form below to get further updates from Greater Greater Washington about ways to make a difference on this Comp Plan process.



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Events: Learn how Metro's finances work

If we want to make our region better, we have to get involved in the community beyond just reading—that's why we put together a weekly list of events for you to consider attending. Next week, take a dive into how WMATA's budget works with the Coalition for Smarter Growth and a panel of experts.


Photo by RJ Schmidt on Flickr.

Funding is a huge issue for Metro, from recent ideas to cut service to the ongoing question of what role, exactly, the jurisdictions the system serves should play in making sure it stays up and running. It's extremely important to understand how we got into the current financial situation and how we can move toward reliable funding to provide a stable future for Metro.

Next Wednesday, October 26, at Georgetown University of Urban and Regional Planning (640 Massachusetts Avenue), the Coalition for Smarter Growth will moderate a fireside chat with seven experts, including DC Councilmember Jack Evans and Maryland state delegate Marc Korman. After that, the audience will have a chance to ask questions. RSVP now for details.

Can't make it? The event will also be livestreamed here on Greater Greater Washington.

Below, check out more ways to get involved beyond the Metro forum!

Next Tuesday, October 25: Join Greater Greater Washington at RFD in Chinatown (810 7th Street NW) for our monthly happy hour to hang out with readers, contributors, and the winner of the MetroGreater contest! If you think our region is great and can be greater, please RSVP today!

Tuesday, October 18: Local beer. Tasty treats. Fun prizes. Good conversation. Supporting more walkable, transit-oriented places. What's not to love? Join Coalition for Smarter Growth this Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 pm at the North Hall of Eastern Market (225 7th Street NE) for the Smart Growth Social. You don't want to miss this party! Grab your ticket now or buy at the door.

Wednesday, October 19: 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 a meeting this Wednesday, from 4 pm to 7 pm to see the latest design and hear about the environmental impact study. The meeting will be in the East Hall of Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE).

Wednesday, October 19, and various dates to come: DC's Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. There are meetings all over the city over the next few weeks, starting this Wednesday at 6pm at 3101 16th St NW. Find the one closest to you, attend a meeting, and weigh in to have a real impact on the future of DC.

Thursday, October 20: Metro has proposed cuts to late night service, but the agency also wants your feedback. This Thursday, October 20th, there will be an all-day open house where you can weigh in and make your opinion heard. It's from noon to 10 pm at Metro's headquarters (600 5th Street NW). There is plenty of time to weigh in, make sure you make your opinion heard.

Saturday, October 22: With the new UDC Student Center, the Art Deco-inspired Park Van Ness, and the new WAMU offices, Van Ness, a once quiet stop on the Red Line, is awakening. Hear from local experts and architects at a walking tour on Saturday, October 22 at 10 am. RSVP for details.

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: Party for smart growth!

It's great to learn online, but if we want to make our region better, we have to get involved in the community too—that's why we put together a weekly list of events for you to consider attending. Building a network of like-minded individuals is part of making sure that involvement has an impact. Next week, enjoy a night of fun and games at the Coalition for Smarter Growth's Smart Growth Social!


Photo by Aimee Custis

Local beer. Tasty treats. Fun prizes. Inspiring conversation. And it's all part of a good cause: creating walkable, inclusive communities in the DC region. What's not to love? Grab your ticket now for CSG's Smart Growth Social, which is on Tuesday, October 18 in the big hall at Eastern Market.

Tickets are $25, and proceeds will support the cause of making the region a sustainable place for everyone. You'll be able to win prizes, play fun urbanist-themed games, and network with like-minded folks from all sides of the planning and advocate world.

You can get your ticket here!

Also, be sure to consider these other great events:

Wednesday, October 12: Our region's housing shortage is getting worse, and it's important that the city looks at the best ways to preserve housing and create the right mix of affordable and market rate units, especially in areas like Anacostia. Hear from a panel about tools to preserve affordable housing and create economic growth this Wednesday at 2 pm at the Anacostia Arts Center (1230 Good Hope Road SE).

Saturday, October 15: Check out the latest in Silver Spring, one of the most dynamic and diverse urban centers in our region, at a Coalition for Smarter Growth walking tour. You'll see thriving small businesses, new development, and the future Purple Line corridor, and you'll learn about housing affordability and community efforts to make the area safer for walking and bicycling. The tour will begin at 10 am. RSVP for more details.

Saturday, October 15: Metro wants help putting its trove of data to use. The agency's Office of Planning is hosting a day-long idea session next month at 600 5th Street NW to talk about how to use existing data to find solutions to rider needs. For example, a developer could help customers plan a trip that that only that requires station entrances with elevators. Attending is free, but make sure to RSVP!

Next Wednesday, October 19, and various dates to come: The city's Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. There are meetings all over the city over the next few weeks, starting next Wednesday at 6pm at 3101 16th St NW. Find the one closest to you, attend a meeting, and weigh in to have a real impact on the future of DC.

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 for happy hour in Chinatown!

It's time for our next happy hour! This month, we'll be in Chinatown to celebrate the great ideas riders generated through the MetroGreater contest and hear about progress toward implementing the winning idea.


Our August happy hour in Mount Rainier. Photo by Dan Reed.

This summer, more than 1,000 people shared ideas for small, quick fixes to improve Metro through MetroGreater. Come out to RFD DC on Tuesday, October 25th to continue the conversation with Greater Greater Washington readers and contributors, as well as staff from the Coalition for Smarter Growth and WMATA, who collaborated with us on this project. We'll hear from WMATA about the next steps toward implementing the winning project: compass rose decals at station exits. And, we'll recognize the folks who submitted the finalist ideas to the MetroGreater contest.

Join us Tuesday, October 25 from 6 to 8 pm at RFD, located at 810 7th Street NW. RSVP today!

RFD is one block from the Gallery Place-Chinatown station (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), and a few blocks from Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). If you're coming by bus, Metrobus 70/79 stops on 7th and 9th streets, while the X2/X9 stops on H Street NW. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station at 8th and H streets NW.

On the way, you can take a stroll through the Barnes Dance intersection at 7th and H.

In the past few months, we've been to Arlington, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, and Edgewood for happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

Once you've got the happy hour on your calendar, plan ahead for a few other great events coming up in October.

Friday, October 14: Hear how planning and transportation have been hacked at the latest Transportation Techies meet-up. Metro Planning staff will talk about their new tool to predict ridership based on transit-oriented development and DDOT will present its new webtool to monitor system performance. Doors open at 6 pm and the presentations start at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, October 15: Check out the latest in Silver Spring, one of the most dynamic and diverse urban centers in our region, at a Coalition for Smarter Growth walking tour. You'll see thriving small businesses, new development, and the future Purple Line corridor, and you'll learn about housing affordability and community efforts to make the area safer for walking and bicycling. The tour will begin at 10 am. RSVP for more details.

Saturday, October 15: Metro wants help putting its trove of data to use. The agency's Office of Planning is hosting a day-long idea session next month at 600 5th Street NW to talk about how to use existing data to find solutions to rider needs. For example, a developer could help customers plan a trip that that only that requires station entrances with elevators. Attending is free, but make sure to RSVP!

Tuesday, October 18: Local beer. Tasty treats. Fun prizes. Good conversation. Supporting more walkable, transit-oriented places. What's not to love? Join Coalition for Smarter Growth on Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 pm at the North Hall of Eastern Market (225 7th Street NE) for the Smart Growth Social. You don't want to miss this party! Grab your spot now.

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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