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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Join us in Silver Spring for happy hour with Montgomery County's planning board chair

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, join us in Silver Spring with special guest, Montgomery County Planning Board chair Casey Anderson, who will tell us about challenges and opportunities facing the county and how to get involved.


Photo by Joe Flood on Flickr.

The Planning Board oversees Montgomery County's departments of Parks and Planning. It is responsible for approving new development, crafting master plans that shape how and where new development gets built, deciding where new roads and transitways go, and managing the county's parks and open space. If you're interested in any or all of these things, the Planning Board is where you can give feedback or input.

Tuesday, June 21 from 6 to 8 pm, join us at Bump 'N Grind, located at 1200 East-West Highway. While it may look like a coffeeshop, it's also a record store and one of the Washington Post's most underrated bars.

Bump 'N Grind is a five-minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro station (Red Line). If you're coming by bus, it's a few blocks from the 70/79 stop at Georgia and Eastern avenues, or the S2/S4/S9 stop at Georgia Avenue and Kalmia Road. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station right outside the bar. If you're driving, there's free parking both on the street and in the public parking garages on East-West Highway and Kennett Street.

This year, we've held happy hours in Adams Morgan, H Street, and Edgewood. Stay tuned for happy hours in Prince George's County (at long last!) and Northern Virginia.

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Events roundup: BRT on Route 7

Learn about and share opinions on designs for transit along Route 7, trails in Prince George's, and DC's railways and cross-town travel options. Get to know Kennedy Street, check out transit trivia, and mark your calendar for a blogging workshop with Greater Greater Washington!


Photo by William F. Yurasko

Transit on Route 7: It looks like bus rapid transit is Fairfax's choice for transit along Route 7. Head to one of three public meetings over the next two weeks to learn about the proposed route, and to share your thoughts. The first meeting is, Monday, June 6, at 5708 Merton Court in Alexandria. The second meeting is on Wednesday, June 8, at 5829 Glen Forest Drive in Falls Church, and the third meeting is next Tuesday, June 14, at 7130 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. All meetings start at 7 pm.

After the jump: Prince George's trails, transit trivia, DC's rail plan, memorials of the future, east-west travel, a Kennedy Street tour, and our blogging workshop.

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 Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 pm at 6600 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale. This is a makeup meeting for the May 25th one that was cancelled.

Transit trivia: Do you like transit and trivia? Head over to a trivia night to see just how wonky your transit knowledge is. It's this Tuesday, June 7, at RFD Washington (810 7th Street NW) at 6:30 pm, and hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation and Young Professionals in Transportation. There will be light appetizers, and prizes will go to teams with the best names.

DC's rail plan: The District's comprehensive plan for managing a rail system that includes CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern is on its way. Head over to the second and final public meeting this Tuesday, June 7, at 6 pm at 225 7th Street SE to share your thoughts on the vision for the future of DC's rail infrastructure.

Memorials of the future: What will be the next memorial in DC? The National Capital Planning Commission will announce three finalists for Memorials of the Future, a competition to find new approaches and designs for memorials, this Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm. Head over to 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW to see the designs and hear a panel talk about the possibilities for a next generation of memorials.

East-west travel in DC: DC's Department of Transportation recently released new ideas about how to travel between Wards 1 and 5 by bus, bike, and foot. Hear about them and share your opinions on the project at the third meeting this Thursday, June 9, from 6 pm to 8 pm at 125 Michigan Avenue NE. You can also take part in a public engagement on Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 12 pm in two locations, 716 Monroe St NE and 3030 14th St NW.

Kennedy Street walking tour: Kennedy Street NW, a historically vibrant commercial area, is seeing better street design, new local businesses, and a strong, engaged community. Hear about these changes and more at the Coalition for Smarter Growth's final spring walking tour this Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 12 pm. RSVP for details.

GGWash blogging workshop: Are you interested in learning how to write blog posts like the ones you read here on Greater Greater Washington? GGWash staff editor Jonathan Neeley is hosting a seminar on June 23rd to teach you everything you need to know about effective blogging, from picking a format to getting the information you need. To RSVP, email jneeley@ggwash.org.

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 Ward 4?

Don't let the warm weather slow you down! Speak up about making Ward 4 a better place to live, take a tour of the Navy Yard neighborhood, test out much transit trivia you know, and learn about DC's plans for managing rail infrastructure.


Photo by Elvert Barnes

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 meeting on the matter this Thursday, June 2, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at 801 Shepherd St NW. There, you can share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

After the jump: DC's rail plan, transit trivia, future memorials, and more.

Get to know Navy Yard: With a new riverfront neighborhood and an old public housing complex that's now a new mixed income community that has new schools and parks, there's lots to see in Navy Yard. Joing the Coalition for Smarter Growth's walking tour of the area this Saturday, June 4th, at 10 am.

Transit trivia: Do you like transit and trivia? Head over to a trivia night to see just how wonky your transit knowledge is. It's on Tuesday, June 7, at RFD Washington (810 7th Street NW) at 6:30 pm, and hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation and Young Professionals in Transportation. Light appetizers will be provided and prizes will also go to teams with the best names.

DC's rail plan: The District's comprehensive plan for managing a rail system that includes CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern is on its way. Head over to the second and final public meeting next Tuesday, June 7, at 6 pm at 225 7th Street SE to share your thoughts on the vision for the future of DC's rail infrastructure.

Memorials of the future: What will be the next memorial in DC? The National Capital Planning Commission will announce three finalists for Memorials of the Future, a competition to find new approaches and designs for memorials, next Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm. Head over to 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW to see the designs and hear a panel talk about the possibilities for a next generation of memorials.

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: 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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