The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of my favorite times of year, one in which everything quiets down and we can take a moment to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future as well. Or at least, that's the plan, right? This year has been exhilarating and productive and sometimes frustrating, and I'm grateful for the adventures I've had and the great people I've gotten to work with.
However, I am wiped! Here are some of the things I did this year:
- I kept up Cityscape, my regular-ish column in Washingtonian, and freelanced for publications including Strong Towns, The American Conservative, and Empower Montgomery.
- I became an occasional guest host for WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, and talked about everything from Friendsgiving to men in ballet to even rat control.
- On Just Up The Pike, I looked at where Montgomery County is (and isn't) growing, Wheaton's art parade, and why housing and transportation are queer issues too.
- I got interviewed by Build a Better Burb, Montgomery Community Media, MoCo's Economic Development Corporation, The MoCo Show podcast, and most memorably, Chinese TV.
- I spoke at several conferences, including Makeover Montgomery 4, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the American Planning Association's local chapter conference.
- I participated in one of ULI Washington's technical assistance panels, which offers planning advice to local communities, and drafted a report with recommendations for the Greenbelt Road corridor in Prince George's County.
- I received the Coalition for Smarter Growth's Community Hero Award at their annual reception in April.
- I started a new job as a consultant for Toole Design Group, a Silver Spring-based firm that helps make communities all over North America better places to walk and bike.
- I sold, listed, and rented a bunch of houses in DC and Maryland, representing over $3 million worth of properties.
- I visited a bunch of cities I hadn't been to before, including Chicago, Baton Rouge, LA, and Norfolk, VA.