Food truck Thursday by Ted Eytan licensed under Creative Commons.

Be it using curbside parking for food trucks or pocket parks, more density awarded as a result of a Planned Unit Development, sidewalk cafes, or new roads, how we organize and administer public space greatly impacts the lives of local residents. This Thursday, November 15 between 7 and 9 pm at Hill Center DC (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE), a public panel including our own GGWash Founder and President David Alpert, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and others will discuss how DC administers public space, including how it is sold or leased to the private realm.

Is the current system of public space administration adequate? Should it be reformed? Should there be more citizen involvement like what occurs in zoning matters? Are these superbrains even thinking about the sharp question you're mulling to guide the enrichment of public space in our fair city? Well, you'll never know if you don't go and ask them! Attend for free by registering here!

Other events from around the region:

Wednesday, November 14

Restore and transform Franklin Park: Join the people with the power to change downtown DC's largest park from 6 to 8 pm at the Hamilton Hotel (1001 14th Street). Give feedback on designs to restore and transform Franklin Park, located at 13th and I streets NW, that were developed based on public comments submitted to the National Park Service (which administers the park) and feedback received at community meetings. Learn more about this meeting and the park itself here, courtesy of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID).

Addressing evictions in Virginia: Join Housing Virginia in Pentagon City from 12:30 to 3 pm at the Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Pentagon City (550 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA) for an update on work to reduce evictions in Virginia. Register to attend this free event here.

Thursday, November 15

Coalesce the region's trail network: Join the Capital Trails Coalition from 9 am to 5 pm at Trinity Washington University (125 Michigan Ave NE) for the fifth annual Capital Trails Symposium! Learn about and discuss the progress of the Coalition's third year, dig into current trail development topics, and look forward to the year ahead. Help the Capital Trails Coalition create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the Washington region. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided! Register to attend here.

Learn how to learn about urban leadership and entrepreneurship: The University of the District of Columbia will host an open house for its new doctoral program, the Ph.D. Program in Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship, from 6 to 8 pm at UDC's Student Center (4200 Connecticut Ave NW). This program seeks to prepare students for successful careers in research, academia, and industry by offering a balance between rigorous research and real-world application to develop the next generation of leaders to address urban challenges. Educate yourself about this opportunity here!

Sunday, November 18

Remember victims of traffic crashes: Join the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) on a quiet ride to mark the World Day of Remembrance, a day of global action and advocacy to honor the victims of traffic crashes. The ride will leave the Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Rd SE) at 4 pm and proceed to Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church (800 11st St NE) for a lightly programmed opportunity for mourning, remembrance, reflection, and solidarity. Weather permitting, the gathering will be outdoors. Sign up to attend here.

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