Have you heard? We're turning 10! And we're celebrating.
Don't miss Greater Greater Washington's 10th anniversary party this Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm at the Apollo Apartments (600 H ST NE). Join GGWash staff, board, volunteers, and your fellow wonks to celebrate ten years of coverage and advocacy for smarter urbanism in the Washington metro area.
Thanks to our friends at Insight Property Group for hooking us up with an awesome venue. And shout out to Po Boy Jim and Denizen's for food and drinks.
And check out all these other great events this week:
Monday, March 12
Got questions about the DC Comprehensive Plan? Get some answers: For almost two years now, GGWash has been writing about and organizing around the DC Comprehensive Plan. The Comp Plan influences whether we will have enough homes and affordable homes for everyone...or not. The Office of Planning recently released its first batch of amendments, and the DC Council will hold a public hearing on those changes on March 20. Have questions about the plan? Get answers during the last GGWash call this week. RSVP to get the call-in information. Can you testify with us on the 20th? Click here for more information and to sign up!
A new development plan in Maryland: Maryland is updating their overall development plan, A Better Maryland, which will establish Maryland’s goals and objectives for growing responsibly, protecting resources, supporting existing communities, and creating quality places. Attend a listening session at 7:30 pm at the Department’s headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring) where state officials will hear from residents about the best way to update the plan.
Tuesday, March 13
Ward 3 happy hour with CSG: Ward 3 is the place to be on March 13! Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Ward3Vision for a happy hour to chat about the latest developments, the most recent news about DC's Comprehensive Plan update, streetscape projects, a new bike advocacy group, and more. The happy hour is at the Abbey at St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar (3433 Connecticut Ave NW) in Cleveland Park from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. See you there.
Is WMATA "Back to Good"?: WMATA says it is working hard to get the system "back to good." But is it really happening? Hear from Stephen Repetski, James Pizzurro, Rail Transit OPS Group, and moderator Martin Di Caro on the topic at the next Action Committee for Transit monthly meeting at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center (One Veterans Pl).
Your rights as a tenant or housing provider: Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a tenant or housing provider can be challenging, particularly when you have to decipher various rules and regulations. Get answers at an event with the Housing Regulation Administration (HRA) of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) from 10 am to 12 pm at 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
Building bird-friendly design: Curious how you can build with the best bird-friendly design in mind? The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), along with its partners City Wildlife, American Bird Conservancy, and AIA-DC, invites you to attend a workshop on bird-safe building design from 5:45 pm to 8 pm at District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW).
Thursday, March 15
The future of mobility in the DC region: For the 10.2 million of us who call the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond home, transportation issues shape our daily life. For the region’s employers, it affects our ability to recruit and retain talent, and maintain a productive workforce. What can we learn from the leaders who are shaping the transportation landscape throughout the country? Join the Greater Washington Partnership and Building America’s Future for a dialogue with experts who are shaping the future of mobility. RSVP is required.
Vision Zero Summit: Want to know the best ways for policymakers, advocates, experts, and implementers to explore systemic ways to end traffic fatalities? Head the Vision Zero Summit, a daylong forum at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (950 New Hampshire Avenue NW) featuring plenary speakers DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and CityFi Founder Gabe Klein, as well as expert panelists on subjects that include: ensuring equitable outcomes for vulnerable users and communities, traffic injuries as a public health issue, societal costs of traffic crashes, streamlining data collection and making it publicly available, and opportunities for cross-jurisdictional regional collaboration.
Bus rapid transit open house: Montgomery County is wrapping up the preliminary design phase of the US 29 BRT project. Attend one of three Open House meetings in March with information on how BRT will operate along the corridor, how existing local bus service can better link with the US 29 BRT, efforts to incorporate art into station designs, and updates to the station area designs including approximate right-of-way needs. The first is this Thursday at 6:30 pm at Silver Spring Civic Center (1 Veterans Plaza).