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Getting involved in person is a huge way to help make our region better, which is why we put together a weekly list of events for you to consider attending. Check out this week’s list below!

The FBI’s downtown DC building on Pennsylvania Avenue will soon be empty, leaving room for something new and exciting… hopefully. You can help determine what’s next by weighing in at one of two public meetings this week.

Buildings that line Pennsylvania Avenue have special rules called “square guidelines,” and the public can weigh in on the National Capital Planning Commission draft guidelines on Wednesday, September 7 or Friday, September 9. The Wednesday meeting is at 6 pm and the Friday one is at 10 am.

Wednesday, September 7: Biking, while normally a tech-free activity, is getting hacked. Hear from people from around the region who are finding ways to improve or enhance biking through apps, gadgets, and data visualization like panoramic images of bike trails.

Thursday, September 8: 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 third public workshop on the matter on Thursday, September 8, at 6 pm at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue NW). Share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

Next Monday, September 12: NoMa is one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in DC. Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth at 6:30 pm at the NoMa Metro to get an up-close-and-personal view of the transformation at the first walking tour of their fall season. This tour was rescheduled from July. RSVP for more details.

Next Tuesday, September 13: DC’s Department of Transportation has been studying the best way to improve travel between Wards 1 and 5, specifically between Columbia Heights and Brookland. Hear about and give comment on the best two ideas at the agency’s final public meeting next Tuesday. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at 3101 16th Street NE.

Next Wednesday, Tuesday, and Thursday, September 14 - 16: Prince George’s Country is re-writing its zoning laws and wants your input. Share your opinion at one of three meetings, all from 7 pm to 9 pm. On Tuesday, the meeting is at 8001 Sheriff Road in Hyattsville, on Wednesday the meeting is at 16608 Brandywine Road in Brandywine, and on Thursday the meeting at 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park.

Next Friday, September 15: PARKing Day, an annual event organized by DDOT to showcase ways to use parking spaces other than just for cars, is coming to DC again! All across the city, some parking spots will be converted into mini, temporary pop-up parks. Don’t forget to check a few out!

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

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.