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Mark your calendars for our next happy hour Sept. 20 and a few others!

We hope you made it to last week’s happy hour, but if you didn’t (or if you did!), we’re hosting another in September. Some great organizations are putting on others even sooner, and there are plenty of other ways for you to get involved in the world of urbanism as well.

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For our next Greater Greater happy hour, we’re heading back to Arlington. Join us Tuesday, September 20 from 6-8pm at Fire Works, located at 2350 Clarendon Boulevard at North Adams Street in Arlington. Fire Works is known for its pizza, but there’s also a solid beer list with some local breweries on it.

Fire Works is just two blocks from the Court House Metro station (Orange and Silver lines), though you can also take Metrobus 38B or ART routes 41, 45, or 77. The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations are at the Court House Metro station and at Wilson Boulevard and North Barton Street, two blocks away.

This happy hour is sponsored by the Association for Commuter Transportation Chesapeake Chapter. ACT is an international trade association that advocates for commuter transportation options. Like GGWash, they support commuting by bus, train, bike, and rideshare. Come meet some of their board and members to chat about how the Chesapeake Chapter of ACT is helping improve commuter transportation in our region.

If you can make it, please RSVP here!

This isn’t your only upcoming chance to grab a drink and talk transportation, development, and policy in our region. Check out two other happy hours (both of which are being hosted by our friends at the Coalition for Smarter Growth), along with a few other events:

Tuesday, August 30: Get the scoop on the Purple Line and BRT on Route 1 at CSG’s Montgomery Happy Hour on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Fire Station 1 (8131 Georgia Avenue).

Wednesday, August 31: Raise a glass with CSG’s staff and Shaw Main Streets on Wednesday at Right Proper Brewing (624 T St NW) at 6:00pm to hear the latest on the organization’s DC policy work and what we have on tap for the fall.

Next Wednesday, September 7 or Friday, September 9: The FBI Building on Pennsylvania Ave is going to be redeveloped, and the National Capital Planning Commission is gathering public input to make sure it’s done right. Share your thoughts on the land use and design at one of two repeat meetings, both at 401 9th Street NW, Suite 500. On Wednesday, the meeting is at 6 pm and on Friday, the meeting is at 9 am.

Next Wednesday, September 7: Biking, while normally a tech-free activity, is getting hacked. Hear from people from around the region who are finding ways to improve or enhance biking through apps, gadgets, and data visualization like panoramic images of bike trails.

Next Thursday, September 8: How could Ward 4, which includes Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood, and 16th Street Heights, be a better place to live? The District’s Department of Transportation wants to know, and is holding its third public workshop on the matter on Thursday, September 8, at 6 pm at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue NW). Share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

Coming soon, PARKing Day: Heads up, on Friday September 16, parking spots around DC will become temporary, pop-up parks as part of DDOT’s PARKing Day. Don’t forget to check a few out!

Calendar: Beyond what we’ve highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at

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.   Dan Reed is an urban planner at NelsonNygaard. He writes his own blog, Just Up the Pike, and serves as the Land Use Chair for the Action Committee for Transit. He lives in downtown Silver Spring. All opinions are his own. 

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