Walking Tours & Forums Series
Our signature Walking Tours & Forums Series brings together community members from all walks of life to learn about what makes a successful walkable, livable neighborhood. Tours, typically on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall, are on-the-ground opportunities to see and feel what successful smart growth looks like. Forums occur throughout the year and feature leading experts on hot topics like parking, zoning, affordable housing, and more. In partnership with APA, AICP credit is often available. The Walking Tours & Forums Series is made possible by the generous support of the National Association of Realtors.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Putting green spaces first might be the best way to spark the transformation of a suburban commercial corridor. Join us and our partners at the Audubon Naturalist Society to meet local activists and talk about how stream restoration and new public parks and playfields could be the first steps in revitalizing Fairfax’s Hybla Valley. We’ll explore county plans for redevelopment, a friendlier street grid, affordable housing, and future bus rapid transit.
Optional bonus: post-tour walk among the amazing wetlands and wildlife of Huntley Meadows Park next door.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rockville once replaced part of its historic center with a shopping mall and later added concrete office buildings that turn their back on the Metro station. But over the last two decades, Rockville tore down the mall and adopted the principles of new urbanism. Rockville’s Town Center is emerging as a great example of transit-oriented development in Montgomery County. We can’t think of a better place to observe the evolution of community and placemaking in our suburbs.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Emerging from hard times after Metro construction, it still took years for the 14th & U Street area to see new investment. In recent years, the pace of change has picked up. What makes this historic district such a magnet for new development? What’s being done to preserve and build affordable housing? Join us to hear all the latest about this rapidly changing area.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
When we talk about appealing, livable neighborhoods, Alexandria’s Del Ray, northwest of Old Town, gets a lot right. What role have entrepreneurs, local architects, and zoning tweaks played in the evolution of the neighborhood? What does the future hold? Join us to find out (and consider staying in the neighborhood afterward for brunch!)
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Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you feel like every time you set foot in NoMa, something’s changed, you’re not alone. We toured NoMa just last season, but this time we’re headed to the east side of the tracks. We’ll explore the area up to Florida Avenue, including the transformation of the historic Uline Arena, and envision the transformation of the Central Armature Works and future east-side Metro entrance.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Downtown Bethesda is one of the most sought-after communities in our region and the economic center of Montgomery County. The Purple Line is on its way, Marriott is relocating its headquarters, and an updated master plan allowing additional development is the subject of intense debate. Join us to consider Bethesda’s growth and the importance of good placemaking.
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Our public hearings, social events, and workshops, often in partnership with allied organizations, help community members and neighborhood advocates more easily get involved with what’s going on their communities, and learn how they can affect positive change. Show your support at the March 28 BRT Hearing to ensure that Bus Rapid Transit on US 29 is a success!
Community hearings, social events, workshops
Our public hearings, social events, and workshops, often in partnership with allied organizations, help community members and neighborhood advocates more easily get involved with what’s going on their communities, and learn how they can affect positive change.
Show your support at the March 28 BRT Hearing to ensure that Bus Rapid Transit on US 29 is a success!
Looking for materials from one of our past events? Head over to our event resources to find what you’re looking for. Materials may not be available for all events, and may take 1-2 weeks to be posted. If you can’t find something specific, please email us.
Photo credit: Hybla Valley/Mr. TinDC on Flickr. Rockville/Dan Reed on Flickr. 14th and U/Ted Eytan on Flickr. Old Town Historic Alexandria/C. Davidson for Virginia Tourism Corporation on Flickr. REI/Aimee Custis. Bethesda/ehpien on Flickr. Happy Hour/ Aimee Custis. BRT King Co RapidRide/SounderBruce on Flickr.