The townhouse thermometer is getting close to the top!

It’s B−3 (birthday minus three days) and counting, and we’re making good progress towards our goal. We’re up to $12,685 raised so far in our reader drive, with $2,268 left in the match pool. Help us get all of that with a contribution by Thursday and we’ll be over $17,000!

Thanks especially to Lynne, Joseph, Philip, Laurence, and Eric for your contributions of $100 or more in the past day, and everyone else who chipped in $25 or other amounts.

The best part is that in three more days, we’ll be done with this reader drive! We know you’d rather be reading an interesting article about streetcars, bicycling, architecture, retail, or many other topics. I’d rather be writing one. Of course, to keep doing that, GGW needs your support to pay Jonathan, our editor, and do other awesome things.

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.