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DC has long been home to much stronger local journalism than many cities. But with the sudden demise of DCist in November and Current Newspapers undergoing reorganization, Washington is at risk of losing important local media sites.

What is the future of local journalism in the Washington region, and in the US more broadly? Learn about this and more with Greater Greater Washington and a panel of local journalists at "Pressing on: Will local journalism in DC survive?," a fireside chat-style panel on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 pm at WeWork White House (1440 G Street NW).

The panel includes Alexa Mills, Editor of Washington City Paper; Rachel Sadon, former Editor-In-Chief of DCist; Jason Samenow, of Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post; Tom Sherwood of WAMU and formerly NBC4; and Christina Sturdivant, first and last staff writer for DCist. The moderator is Washingtonian’s Michael Schaffer.

Revenue from ticket sales will go to support GGWash's forthcoming local journalism fellowship (look for more information at the event).

Today, Tuesday, January 16: Accessory apartments (think English basements, carriage houses, garage apartments) are gaining popularity in DC as a creative way to bring more housing into the city. Want to build an accessory apartment in your basement or backyard? Want to help others do it? Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the DC Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) workgroup for a happy hour at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St NW) at 6 pm to connect with people like you.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23 and 24: Get the latest update on the environmental assessment for one of the next phases of the streetcar, from Union Station to Georgetown, at one of two public meetings next week. The first is on the 23rd at 6 pm at George Washington University (Funger Hall Room 108, 2201 G Street NW) and the second is on the 24th at 6 pm at Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Avenue NE).

Wednesday, January 24: Join the Montgomery County Planning Department for the second part of a three-part Winter Speaker Series, "The Economic Future of the Suburbs: Infill, Commerce, Placemaking." The second session focuses on commerce and will feature Heather Arnold, Director of Research and Analysis for Bethesda-based StreetSense, and Peter McLaughlin, Development Director of Rockville-based ProMark Real Estate Services. The session will be held in the Planning Department auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 pm.