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Forum tonight on D.C.'s future

Join us Wednesday evening in Shaw for a Washington Post panel discussion on "what lies ahead for the District." I'll be there, along with Post colleagues who cover politics, education, social issues, business, real estate. Columnist Robert McCartney will moderate the panel.

This town hall-style meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the new Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Branch Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. It's near the Shaw Metro station on the Green Line. We plan to wrap up at 8 p.m., after a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

You'll also hear a report from our polling director, Jon Cohen. In this D.C. election season, we'll all be talking about whether a change in leadership will mean changes in city life. I'm inclined to think the District's transportation plans are pretty well set. For example, a new mayor may tinker with some specifics on the networks of streetcars, buses and bike lanes, but won't make any radical changes. He certainly won't abandon the District's biggest transportation project, the 11th Street Bridge rebuilding, which is now more than 25 percent done. I'll do a follow-up posting on this topic Thursday and include any counter-views that I hear at the forum.

If you can't make it to the library, you'll be able to see a streaming video on the Post Local home page.

The panelists include reporters Henri Cauvin, who covers social issues; Jonathan O'Connell of the Capital Business staff; Elizabeth Razzi, who covers real estate; Nikita Stewart, who covers D.C. politics, and Bill Turque, who covers D.C. schools.

By Robert Thomson  | October 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  District, Events, Transportation News, Transportation Politics  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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