Crystal City Offers A Hand (And Beer) To Renters As Amazon Moves In

As bars were opening Thursday for one of the busiest drinking nights of the week, a different kind of happy hour was unfolding in Crystal City … one meant to promote civic engagement among millennial renters who will soon find themselves living next to Amazon’s HQ2.

Co-hosted by the Crystal City Civic Association (CCCA) and local business improvement district (BID), the renters’ happy hour/millennial outreach event was an evening of light snacks and refreshment, with a touch of activism. The event brought several dozen community members to the JBG National Landing Marketing Center, a space created a couple years ago to help sell Amazon on the idea of setting up shop in Arlington.

So what were organizers hoping for at this first-of-its-kind event? Mostly to build interest in Crystal City’s ever-changing future among the renters who…