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Get the right mix of fun and education this week. Mingle with your favorite smart growth advocates while learning about a new DC neighborhood, advocate for better walking facilities near the Southwest Waterfront and transit on 16th Street, and get the lowdown on the best way to discover the history behind your home.

A happiest hour: A whole new smart growth neighborhood could be coming in between Hill East and the Anacostia River. Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and other DC smart growth supporters for a drink and a chance to learn about this new project near the Southeast Boulevard. The happy hour will be at Wisdom (1431 Pennsylvania Ave SE) on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm.

After the jump: ACT meeting, walking to the waterfront, house histories, and bus rapid transit on 16th.

Transit on 29: Head over to this month’s Action Committee for Transit meeting with with Howard County state rep Eric Ebersole to learn about the transit future for the 29 corridor. The meeting is on Tuesday, August 11. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place.

Walk to the water: Help make the Southwest Waterfront easier for pedestrians to access by weighing in at a public meeting for a walkable connection between Benjamin Banneker Park near L’Enfant Plaza and the Wharf. The meeting is from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, August 11, at 690 Water St SW.

House history: Calling all history buffs! On Saturday, August 15, Humanities DC is hosting the DC Community Heritage Project House History Day. Residents will get an overview of the myriad resources the Historical Society of DC and the DC Public Library offer to research the history of their own home or other homes in the city. There are two sessions, one at 10 am and one at 1 pm, and both will be held at the Historical Society of DC (801 K Street NW).

16th St BRT: More people ride buses up and down 16th Street NW than almost anywhere else in the region. But it is plagued with overcrowding, inconsistent arrival times, and slow speeds. The District Department of Transportation is conducting a study of the corridor to access transit alternatives like bus rapid transit. Learn more about the study and how to get involved at the second Citizens Advisory Group meeting next Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 pm at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th Street, 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:

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Claire Jaffe was born in DC and now lives in the U Street area. She is a University of Michigan graduate and currently works at Coalition for Smarter Growth. On her off time, Claire can be found biking the street of DC or exploring the many green spaces throughout the region.