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Dear Supporter --

While it's the shortest month of the year, February was packed full of action, news, and progress on the smart growth front around the Washington, D.C. area. Here's what you might have missed in the month of February.

Virginia Transportation Deal

A prime example of political sausage-making, the Virginia General Assembly struck a transportation funding deal on the last day of the session, February 23. CSG Executive Director Stewart Schwartz spent the day on the ground in Richmond, live-tweeting developments. We made our voices heard with over 700 letter to our legislators, helping improve the final bill. Where it's spent is the next big question.

Prince George's Regional Medical Center

It's still an uphill battle convincing Prince George's leaders that the new $650m regional medical center belongs at Largo Town Center Metro station, but we're gaining momentum. After strong coverage by the Washington Post, over 350 community members attended an overflowing February 28 forum vetting four possible locations for the facility. Those in attendance overwhelmingly supported the Largo Town Center Metro site, and praised CSG's efforts to show how a TOD hospital could work.

D.C.'s Car-Free Households

We're taking on D.C. Zoning Update naysayers with cold, hard numbers: according to the latest Census information, nearly 39% of District households are car-free, and reducing parking minimums will not wreak havoc on the city's parking supply. We know our message is getting through, too - this week's Zoning Over Beer event is sold out, and nearly 1000 people have signed on to the D.C. Zoning Update petition. Have you?

Montgomery's Green Future
Montgomery County is expected to add over 200,000 new residents and 100,000 jobs in the next two decades. How do we make sure this growth doesn't just add up to more pollution and more traffic? Transit, of course! On February 13, over 80 people braved a snowy night to hear presentations from Geoff Anderson of Smart Growth America, Mike Madden on the Purple Line and Larry Cole on Montgomery's Rapid Transit System. Missed it? We've got video and more.
Get Maryland Moving Coalition

It's a big deal! Over 30 organizations from D.C. to Baltimore have joined our Get Maryland Moving coalition, pushing Maryland lawmakers to save the Purple Line, Red Line, and other critical transit investments. Without a funding deal this year, these projects could be delayed for years. We've made huge strides in two weeks, but we're not through yet! Maryland residents, please email your legislators and sign the petition to keep the momentum going!

State of the County in Fairfax and Montgomery

CSG's advocacy is paying off.  Did you know that Fairfax Chairman Bulova made transit-oriented redevelopment of the county's commercial corridors the centerpiece of her annual speech and the core of the county's growth strategy? And that Montgomery County Chairman Ike Leggett made transit a core competitive strategy?

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Affordable Housing in State of the District

During his State of the District speech, Mayor Gray announced a new $100 million commitment to affordable housing. This promised investment restores the deeply depleted Housing Production Trust Fund and makes a one-time down payment on the goal of providing 10,000 affordable homes by 2020. As the D.C. budget process continues over the next few months, we'll be paying close attention to make sure the Mayor stays strong in his commitment.

Upcoming Events

Greater Greater Washington Birthday Party
Tuesday, March 5
Our blogosphere partner Greater Greater Washington turned 5 years old last month! Join the GGW community tomorrow at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to celebrate!
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Zoning Over Beer
Thursday, March 7 - sold out
Members of Pro-DC! Join CSG staffers Cheryl, Alex, and Aimee at the Laughing Man Tavern's library room for an hour-long crash course in what you need to know to speak up for the zoning update. We'll go over why the update is important, the process to-date and going forward, and the features that CSG is excited about.
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Live. Work. Walk. DC's Future Growth
Monday, March 11th  9:00am - 4:00pm
Join the Congress for New Urbanism for a day long forum featuring an all star panel of speakers for a discussion about how we can influence the future of walkable growth in the Washington DC metropolitan region.
Learn more >>

Outer Beltway Community Meetings
With our partners the Piedmont Environmental Council, Sierra Club, and  Prince William Conservation Alliance, we're holding three community meetings for Virginia residents about VDOT's efforts to build an Outer Beltway in Virginia. The meetings are on successive Mondays:
March 4 in Middleburg, March 11 in Chantilly, and March 18 in Ashburn.

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