What will your urban themed costume be this Wednesday at our happy hour? Image by David Alpert.

The next GGWash happy hour is this week and it's going to be spooooky!

This Wednesday, don your favorite urbanism-themed costume and join Greater Greater Washington and the Urban Institute for a Halloween-themed happy hour from 6 to 8 pm at Lost & Found, located at 1240 9th Street NW in Shaw. RSVP here.

Lost & Found is one block from the Mount Vernon Square Metro station (Green and Yellow lines) and five blocks from Gallery Place (Red Line), and the 70/79 Metrobus is two blocks away. There's a Capital Bikeshare station one block away outside the Metro station.

Don't miss these other great events!

Tuesday, October 17: Calling all urban nerds! You don't want to miss the Coalition for Smarter Growth's 5th annual Smart Growth Social. Come to Eastern Market's North Hall for local beer, tasty treats, fun prizes, great networking, and a star speaker, Jeffrey Tumlin. Jeff is a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard, who is known as one of the most engaging and creative thinkers and speakers in the nation on transportation and parking policies. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Thursday, October 19: Cities across the country are in fierce competition to land the next Amazon headquarters. But, what can cities can learn from Amazon’s wish list and what does this say about the future? Head to the Brookings Institution Falk Auditorium (1775 Massachusetts Ave NW) from 9:30 am to 11:00 am to find out. RSVP here.

Next Monday, October 23: Amid DC’s housing affordability crisis, one solution stands out: flexible, outside-the-box ways to increase housing supply. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have potential to be one flexible solution. So why aren’t we building more ADUs in DC, even though recent zoning changes have made them easier to build? Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a one-day event to bring together resources, experience, and stakeholders to begin to address these challenges, and bring ADUs to scale in the District of Columbia. The conference is from 9 am to 5 pm at District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW). The event is paid, but please contact CSG if you can't pay.

Next Tuesday, October 24: The District Department of Transportation is taking a closer look at rehabilitation of the 16th Street bridge that goes over Piney Branch Parkway. Come to the public meeting from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Northwest Community Church (4100 16th Street NW) to get the latest.

Next Wednesday, October 25: Come out to Metro Hack Night VII to get the inside scoop on all the latest tech ideas for Metro. The event begins at 6 pm at WMATA HQ–Jackson Graham Building (600 5th Street NW).

Next Wednesday, October 25: Strong Towns is coming to DC! Hear from Charles Marohn on economic resilience of cities and participate in a community-specific discussion about how the Strong Towns approach can improve DC and other cities like it. RSVP is requested.

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.