Tara breifly explained UP Bethesda in class today and I wanted to expand on it a little bit from my experience.  Urban Partnership Bethesda (UP) was established in 1994 as a way to attract more people to a downtown area with easy access by metro.  Through marketing and large events such as “Taste of Bethesda,” in which restaurants open up on the patio for an all day taste testing event, and summer movie veiwings in the street, UP Bethesda has been extremely successful in bringing people towards the city.  With events like these, great food, metro access, and walking dsitance to another city center, it seems like paradise for a city lover.  It also has an entrance to the C&O canal which runs through  neighborhoods and along the Potomac River, to the heart of Washington, D.C.  in which bikers and runners are always working out.  I may be bias but you should all go to Bethesda and check it out!

Their website is: http://www.bethesda.org/eventscalendar/eventscalendar.htm