Photo by tanakawho on Flickr.

Interested in the at-large DC Council race? Watch the forum I’m moderating tonight. Want to write for Greater Greater Washington or another blog? I’m giving a free seminar Monday on writing for blogs.

Want to stop DC from giving away valuable land to the Redskins for practice fields? There’s an important community meeting on March 22.

At-large forum, tonight

Tonight is the Urban Neighborhood Alliance’s forum with the at-large candidates for DC Council. I’m moderating the forum, and Greater Greater Washington is a cosponsor.

Come watch it at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW. Doors open at 6:30, and the forum begins at 7. The Black Cat is 21+ and you need to bring an ID. There is limited seating just for seniors and persons with disabilities.

If you can’t make it in person, I have arranged for someone to video record and webcast the forum. I’ll post the live stream here on Greater Greater Washington, and then we’ll have the archived video later this week.

How to write [blog posts] well, on Monday

Would you be interested in writing for Greater Greater Washington? We’re always looking for people interested in becoming contributors, especially folks to write about issues in Northern Virginia, about education in DC or elsewhere, or many other topics. Or, perhaps you write, or want to write, for another blog.

Writing for a blog is not the same as writing a planning document, academic transportation paper, or many other things. Blog posts need to be short, to the point, and attention-grabbing. Greater Greater Washington editors work with many of our contributors to take raw material of posts and make them into good blog posts.

I’m giving a free talk on Monday, March 19th on how to write for blogs (and some lessons which help with other types of writing, as well). It’s 6:30-8 pm at the West End Library, in the small meeting room.

If you’re interested in contributing to Greater Greater Washington but can’t attend, email us at Thank you!

Reservation 13 public meeting

Mayor Gray promised residents on both sides of the Anacostia that he would come to a public meeting and hear from residents about his plan to give away DC’s best opportunity for a new mixed-use neighborhood to a cranky and litigious billionaire football team owner for practice fields closed to the public.

He’s just rescheduled that meeting to Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm. Local leaders are working on finalizing a location (they had a site for the original date, the following week). Check back on the Greater Greater Washington calendar for updates.

There’s also an information meeting on Monday, March 19 to inform residents about the history of Reservation 13 and what the master plan actually says (which isn’t necessarily the same as what Jack Evans says).

And more…

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David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.