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Get the latest update on streetcar extension from Union Station to Georgetown at one of two meetings this week. The meetings will look at the environmental assessment, which covers alternatives to the extension as well as the environmental and cultural effects of the proposed extension.

The first is on Tuesday, January 23, at 6 pm at George Washington University (Funger Hall Room 108, 2201 G Street NW) and the second is on Wednesday, January 24, at 6 pm at Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Avenue NE).

*Mark your calendars!* Next Tuesday, January 30 is "Pressing on — Will Local Journalism in DC Survive?" DC has long been home to much stronger local journalism than many cities. Over the past decade, even as local news has declined nationally, Washington's media outlets have focused on local news and commentary — but what is the future of local journalism in the Washington region? Join Mark Ein, Washington City Paper's new owner, Washingtonian's Michael Schaffer, and a panel of local journalists and editors to dig into these questions and more. Space is limited, so get your ticket today! The event will be held at 7 pm at WeWork White House (1440 G Street NW).

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.

Wednesday, January 24: Check out the brand-new Union Stage venue at the Wharf, hear the backstories behind some of the best local journalism produced in 2017, and meet the team behind 730DC at the "Local Press Club: A Reader Happy Hour With 730DC" at 6 pm. There will be a panel discussion on DC's local journalism scene with Ally Schweitzer at WAMU, Tanvi Misra at CityLab, and Rachel Sadon from DCist with moderator Bryce Rudow (randomnerds.com). RSVP here.

Thursday, January 25: Montgomery County is working on a new Bicycle Master Plan to improve safety, create a connected, convenient and low-stress bicycling network, and provide equal access to low-stress bicycling for all members of the community. Give feedback on the plan at a public hearing at 6 pm at the Montgomery County Planning Department (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring).