Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour

From EcoAction Arlington, by email:

Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Start at the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S., Arlington, VA 22204

Come on the Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour to get inspiration and ideas to go green at home! The 16th annual tour will include a mixture of new green homes, green renovations, and watershed-friendly gardens.

See homes and gardens featuring energy efficient technologies, solar power, water saving technologies, native plants, rain gardens, and rain barrels, wildlife habitat, and more!

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and Arlington Regional Master Naturalist volunteers will be on hand at the in-person registration site (in front of Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S.) to share information on sustainable landscape management practices and answer questions about native plants, stormwater management, wildlife habitats, and soil nutrient management.

Tickets are $5 per person. All proceeds benefit local conservation activities. Registration options:
Register online to receive the tour brochure and maps via email. Online registration will close at noon on Friday, June 1. We will email tour materials to registrants starting May 30.

Register onsite on June 3 at Walter Reed Community Center from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This tour is sponsored by EcoAction Arlington, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services (Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, StormwaterWise and the Green Home Choice Program), and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

-- Register for the Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour!

I am a big fan of house and/or garden tours as historic preservation and community building exercises. Takoma Park, Maryland has from time to time, a similar kind of event. There is also a house there, often part of house tours, built for what is called visitability or accommodation for aging residents. From time to time too, the Takoma Village Co-Housing complex is open for tours too (that's in DC).

There needs to be a greater focus on promoting green urbanism in housing and this is a great method for doing so.

Along with Green/Historic Preservation Housing Expos, which the
Chicago Bungalow Association is known for.



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