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Discuss growth and historic preservation in DC with Mayor Bowswer, ride the streetcar, and save the date for Greater Greater Washington’s 8th birthday party! Also, share your opinion on changes to buses and your experience with Snowzilla in Arlington.

Preservation and planning in DC: DC is likely to grow to 800,000 people, but how? On Tuesday, March 1, historic preservationists, real estate development professionals, and community stakeholders will come together with Mayor Bowser to discuss the challenges of growth, development, and historic preservation in the city. The event will begin at 5 pm at the Howard Theater (620 T Street NW). RSVP is required, and the event filled up last time, so sign up now!

Ride the streetcar! DC’s long-awaited streetcar will open on February 27, which means you’ll be able to ride it to our party! But before that, come to the grand opening ceremony at 10 am at the corner of 13th and H. And then come to that same spot again a ten days later for our party!

After the jump: Our birthday party, give Snowzilla feedback, buses in Arlington, Metro and technology, transit in Fairfax, and traveling the last mile.

GGWash birthday party: Come celebrate Greater Greater Washington’s 8th birthday on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm at Vendetta (1212 H Street). There will be a special trivia game, cake, and tons of fun! Please RSVP if you can make it!

How was your Snowzilla?: Arlington is holding a public meeting to gather feedback on how the county dealt with the January blizzard. Share you thoughts with county board members and senior county staff on Wednesday, February 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Francis Scott Key Elementary (2300 Key Boulevard).

Buses in Arlington: There’s a proposal to work on 36 bus routes in Arlington. Share your feedback on the potential changes at one of six meetings over the next two weeks. This week, they’re on Tuesday, February 23 at 251 18th Street, on Wednesday, February 24 at 2975 Quincy Street, and on Thursday, February 25 at 4238 Wilson Boulevard. All meetings run from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Metro tech hacks: With mounting issues facing Metro, new technology could help ease the rider experience. Head over to Metro Hack Night this Tuesday, February 23, to hear about the latest and greatest in Metro-related apps and data visualizations. The meeting begins at 6 pm at the WMATA Headquarters (600 5th Street NW).

Transit in Fairfax: There are recommendations for transit in Fairfax that could include BRT, light rail, and possibly extensions to the Blue, Orange, and/or Yellow lines. Learn more about all of this at one of two open houses this week. The first is Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 pm at 7731 Leesburg Pike and the second is on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 pm at 6116 North Kings Hwy.

Traveling the last mile: Bridging the gap to a destination from the nearest transit stop can be a huge challenge for those who don’t live right next to work, school, or essential services. Join the Department of Transportation and Uber for a weekend competition to design solutions. The winner will be able to demo their product to Uber leadership in DC. The conference is at Uber’s DC Office at 1717 Rhode Island Ave, NW. It begins on Friday, February 26 at 5:30 pm and ends on Sunday, February 28 at 4 pm.

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.

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.