Accessory apartment from the DC Office of Planning.

For years, advocates have fought to have zoning laws across Washington allowing homeowners to rent out additional housing units such as English basements or carriage houses. These accessory dwelling units (also known as ADUs or accessory apartments) can improve housing affordability in DC.

On Tuesday, August 7 come hear from Robert Liberty, Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator at Portland State University, talk about how accessory dwelling units can serve as a form of low-cost infill housing. He'll share lessons learned from his experience in Portland as DC advances its own efforts around ADU development.

Before joining PSU, Robert served as a Metro councilor for the Portland area’s regional elected government, as senior counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and as a staff attorney and Executive Director at 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Bring your lunch from 12-1:30 pm on Tuesday to ZGF Architects' offices at 1800 K Street NW, Suite 200. Can't make it? Learn more about ADUs in the Washington region here.

Other events from around the region

Travel through space (walking tour) and time (interviews with DC residents of decades past) this week!

Tuesday, August 7

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of Alexandria's waterfront. Check out the Torpedo Factory Art Center, popular restaurants, and historic buildings, plus lots of new development from a boat club, a hotel, condominiums, and apartments. Learn how Alexandria will rise to the challenges of competing waterfront developments like the Wharf, Navy Yard, and National Harbor, as well as increased flood risk from extreme weather and sea level rise. Sign up here!

Saturday, August 11

See photographs, artwork, installations, and creative writing uncovering stories and experiences of DC in decades past. This summer, teens from the DC metro area spent five weeks looking back at 1968 through the lens of youth experience and culture, and curated an exhibition that shares their points of view.

To broaden their understanding, participants traveled to different DC neighborhoods and sites significant to 1968, visited museum exhibitions, and met with artists, historians, and community members who were growing up during that time. Working in studio teams, they collaboratively and individually produced photographs, artwork, installations, and creative writing that express those reflections and connections. Meet Investigating Where We Live teen participants at the exhibition opening reception at the National Building Museum on Saturday, August 11, 1–3 pm.

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Jeb Stenhouse is a clean energy economist who wants to help everyone enjoy livable, walkable public places, and to reach them by as many clean transportation options as possible.  He studied in Montpellier, France and still marvels at the quality of life in its car-free downtown (and the 15 pounds he lost roaming its charming streets).  Between adventures, Jeb lives with his husband in Adams Morgan.