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Accessory apartments or accessory dwelling units (ADUs) — think basement or garage apartments — are gaining in popularity all across the country. Thanks to the latest DC Zoning Code update, many DC homeowners can now build their own accessory apartment.

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for two different accessory apartment events this week and next. On Tuesday, June 19 we’ll hear from Kol Peterson, national ADU expert and author of Backdoor Revolution - The Definitive Guide to ADU Development, and mingle for a happy hour. The event is at 6:30 pm at Smith Public Trust (3514 12th St NE). RSVP here.

Next Tuesday, June 26, dive deeper into the nitty-gritty of designing and building an accessory apartment at an ADU homeowner workshop. Get hands-on help with your ADU projects and hear from an expert panel. The workshop is at 6 pm at the Menkiti Group training room (3401 8th St NE). RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 19

Bike Hack Night: Get an inside look at all the latest bike hacks at Bike Hack Night IV, a show and tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets — anything built with code. Doors open at 6 pm and the program begins at 6:30 pm at the Development Seed in Blagden Alley (20 Blagden Alley NW).]

Juneteenth events: There are a variety of Juneteenth events (a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans more generally) around DC. Check them out!

Thursday, June 21

Changes to the H Street Bridge: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working on the reconstruction or replacement of the bridge at H Street NE, often known as the “Hopscotch Bridge.” Head over to the community meeting at 6 pm at Northeast Neighborhood Library Meeting Room (330 7th Street NE) to find out more and weigh in on the project.

Saturday, June 23

Fixing congestion on 14th Street NW: Getting through 14th Street NW in Columbia Heights can be hard, especially in a car or on a bus. Head to a DDOT community work session at 10 am at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center (2500 15th Street NW) with ANCs 1A and 1B to review traffic congestion and brainstorm ideas to improve traffic flow and bus operations.

Bike for the Pike: Bicycling along Columbia Pike can be stressful and unsafe. Take a ride to raise awareness about the biking conditions and the gaps in the county's current plans to make Columbia Pike a Complete Street. The ride will start at 11:30 am at Penrose Square Park (2597 Columbia Pike) and go to the West Pike Food Truck Party near the W&OD Trail.

Save the date

The next GGWash happy hour will be at Heavy Seas Arlington from 6-8 pm on June 27!

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.