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Let’s ring in summer with the next Greater Greater happy hour. Join us at Highline RxR in Crystal City on Tuesday, July 11 from 6 to 8 pm.

Join contributors and readers for drinks, snacks, and conversation at Highline RxR, located at 2010 Crystal Drive in Arlington. This bar's second-floor patio has a great view of the adjacent train tracks, where you can see VRE, Amtrak, and freight trains. 

To get there, you can take the Blue or Yellow lines to the Crystal City Metro station, which is two blocks away, or the Metroway BRT to 18th Street and Crystal Drive, one block away. Metrobus routes 10A, 13Y, 23A/B and ART routes 43 and 92 all stop at the Metro station. There’s also a Capital Bikeshare station at 20th and Crystal.

If you plan to come, please RSVP here!

This year, we've held happy hours in White Flint, Shaw, on U Street, and in Edgewood. Later this summer, we’ll head back to Maryland. We’re always looking for new, Metro-accessible locations for future happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

Also, check out these other great events:

All week: DC’s Office of Planning (OP) will be updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan and wants to hear from you about what needs to change. In the spring, OP launched a public process to make changes to the Comp Plan, which guides current and future growth and development of the city. That means anyone, resident or business, can submit proposed changes. This is the last week to submit amendments; the open call ends on Friday, June 23. 

Want to see what kinds of amendments GGWash is submitting? Check out these ten priorities to address housing affordability in the Comp Plan. 

Tuesday, June 20: One of the many ways that cities can be more sustainable is through water management, including planning around water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems. Head over to the next Tuesdays at APA to learn about One Water, a concept that tries to make water management sustainable and economically viable for cities. The meeting is at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th Street NW.

Tuesday, June 20: The District Department of Transportation is studying the western part of downtown, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle, and H and I Streets NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania. The goal is to improve east-west travel for biking, walking, and taking the bus. Head over to the next meeting at George Washington University’s Funger Hall (Room 223) at 2201 G Street NW at 6:30 pm to learn about the project and weigh in. 

Thursday, June 22: The Montgomery County Planning Department is working on a new Bicycle Master Plan that will decide where new bike lanes go in the county. Attend the last meeting at 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville from 4 to 9 pm to weigh in on the plan and make sure it supports the low-stress, high-quality bike facilities that make biking easier and safer. Can't make it? Weigh in via an interactive map online

Sunday, June 25: Take a walk and discover the history of DC's Historic Anacostia District with award-winning author and Greater Greater Washington Contributor John Muller on Sunday, June 25 at 9:15 am. The event is hosted by Atlas Obscura and costs $25. RSVP here

Next Tuesday, June 27: The Virginia Railway Express currently uses the Ivy City Coach Yard for storage, but is looking for a replacement. Head over to the public meeting next Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm at 1917 Bladensburg Road NE to discuss the project to plan, design, and construct a permanent midday storage facility for VRE trains that travel to the District.

Dan Reed is an urban planner at Nelson\Nygaard. He writes his own blog, Just Up the Pike, and serves as the Land Use Chair for the Action Committee for Transit. He's also an agent at Living In Style Real Estate, licensed in DC and Maryland. 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.