Our August happy hour in Mount Rainier. Photo by Dan Reed.

It’s time for our next happy hour! This month, we’ll be in Chinatown to celebrate the great ideas riders generated through the MetroGreater contest and hear about progress toward implementing the winning idea.

This summer, more than 1,000 people shared ideas for small, quick fixes to improve Metro through MetroGreater. Come out to RFD DC on Tuesday, October 25th to continue the conversation with Greater Greater Washington readers and contributors, as well as staff from the Coalition for Smarter Growth and WMATA, who collaborated with us on this project. We’ll hear from WMATA about the next steps toward implementing the winning project: compass rose decals at station exits. And, we’ll recognize the folks who submitted the finalist ideas to the MetroGreater contest.

Join us Tuesday, October 25 from 6 to 8 pm at RFD, located at 810 7th Street NW. RSVP today!

RFD is one block from the Gallery Place-Chinatown station (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), and a few blocks from Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). If you’re coming by bus, Metrobus 70/79 stops on 7th and 9th streets, while the X2/X9 stops on H Street NW. There’s also a Capital Bikeshare station at 8th and H streets NW.

On the way, you can take a stroll through the Barnes Dance intersection at 7th and H.

In the past few months, we’ve been to Arlington, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, and Edgewood for happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

Once you’ve got the happy hour on your calendar, plan ahead for a few other great events coming up in October.

Friday, October 14: Hear how planning and transportation have been hacked at the latest Transportation Techies meet-up. Metro Planning staff will talk about their new tool to predict ridership based on transit-oriented development and DDOT will present its new webtool to monitor system performance. Doors open at 6 pm and the presentations start at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, October 15: Check out the latest in Silver Spring, one of the most dynamic and diverse urban centers in our region, at a Coalition for Smarter Growth walking tour. You’ll see thriving small businesses, new development, and the future Purple Line corridor, and you’ll learn about housing affordability and community efforts to make the area safer for walking and bicycling. The tour will begin at 10 am. RSVP for more details.

Saturday, October 15: Metro wants help putting its trove of data to use. The agency’s Office of Planning is hosting a day-long idea session next month at 600 5th Street NW to talk about how to use existing data to find solutions to rider needs. For example, a developer could help customers plan a trip that that only that requires station entrances with elevators. Attending is free, but make sure to RSVP!

Tuesday, October 18: Local beer. Tasty treats. Fun prizes. Good conversation. Supporting more walkable, transit-oriented places. What’s not to love? Join Coalition for Smarter Growth on Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 pm at the North Hall of Eastern Market (225 7th Street NE) for the Smart Growth Social. You don’t want to miss this party! Grab your spot now.

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.


Dan Reed is an urban planner and freelance writer. Check out his regular column in Washingtonian and his blog, Just Up the Pike. He's also an agent at Living In Style Real Estate and sits on the board of the Action Committee for Transit. Dan still gets a full night's sleep. He lives in downtown Silver Spring. All opinions are his own.

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.