Idea: Bikeshare

Is Be 5 months ago

Hyattsville needs to try and attract more capital bike share stations. These station come with a ton of benefits. Studies show they can reduce traffic, increase property values, make the city more accessible, and they are also a good way for residents to exercise. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be at the two metro stations, the arts district and along queens chapel road.

"You are more than the worst thing you have ever done" said Bryan Stevenson in his book, "Just Mercy". He didn't say "You are more than the worst thing you have ever done, except for you Mr. Magruder." I can't judge Magruder based on the fact of a racist covenant from 1927. I do not have enough information. Two things I can say: let's remove the covenant, and then let's name the basketball court at Magruder after Victor Oladipo. He was a number two pick in the NBA draft in 2013 and he attended Saint Jerome's and De Matha. Forgiveness and honesty will get us further from all kinds of prejudice and hate than judging the behavior of a person we've never met and know relatively little about.

2 Votes Acknowledged

Provide residential parking signs on streets. My neighborhood, 56th St., Hyattsville, MD 20784 have too many non residents parking at night time that live in the adjacent apartments. As a result the home owners and residents often don't have a place to park.

The shopping area at Queens Chapel Shops on Hamilton/Queens Chapel has great potential to be even better. Attracting some high quality shops (e.g., Panera, a wine bar, an Apple Store, etc.) would be very welcome. Repaving Hamilton between Queens Chapel and Ager would also be nice.

5 Votes Acknowledged

Christopher Etienne, Public Advocate 10 months ago

My name is Christopher A. Etienne. I am a resident and taxpayer of Hyattsville, Maryland. Currently, I work for a Member of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill. I earned my master's degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and my bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The morning of Thursday, October 4, 2018 I was informed by a family member that a burglar, or group of thieves, broke her car window and stole all of her items from her car that was parked inside the University Town Center Garage B - Lot# 39 - B, garage number "P1." She has filed a police report and others of this kind. However, the Atlantic Services Group, Inc., the operators of the University Town Center Garage, do not have security cameras installed inside this parking garage.

According to the Prince George's County Police department, one of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. As you may know, more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner's residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots.

I am proposing to the public servants representing the City of Hyattsville, Maryland to require the Atlantic Services Group, Inc. to strongly consider installing security cameras inside and around, the different parking levels, of the University Town Center Garage B - Lot# 39 - B. This is a needed public safety for the residents and college students, especially for the female residents and college students who own vehicles. Parking garage security cameras could discourage a thief and encourage a resident.

One discouraged resident said, "Despite the high prices for parking charged in this garage, Atlantic has essentially no security in this garage at all. I've parked here for two years and have seen countless people have items stolen from their cars. More recently cars have had their windows bashed in, tires stolen, and locks broken. A complete waste of money to pay to be in this garage when Atlantic is not going to bother to put up cameras or do security patrols."

In closing, the University Town Center Garage B needs video surveillance. Video surveillance is another essential deterrent for parking garage crime. The simple presence of well-marked, vandal-resistant cameras is an effective deterrent. And, if watched carefully enough with remote monitoring services and/or paired with intelligent video monitoring software and remote speakers, it may be able to prevent crimes or stop them as they happen – without the prohibitive expense of multiple on-site security guards. The phone numbers listed for Atlantic Services Group, Inc. is (301) 779-9696 and (301) 214-2490.

I look forward to your prompt response and working with you to protect the public safety.

Parking minimums waste space that can be used for opening more businesses and promote more economic develpoment

4 Votes Acknowledged

Carolyn Miller about 1 year ago

Other than morning rush hour (due to one way traffic in alley and on Queensbury Road, there is no real traffic problem. NS-6 would require taking property from private citizens. it would also increase traffic for those citizens. Don't do it.

Volunteers to the City who are on an Official Committee should get free parking within the City. This is not only an incentive for people to join a Committee but a small way of saying thanks to residents who volunteer their time to make the City better. There can be criteria (committee must be active, meet monthly and must attend X # of meetings to qualify) so that it is not abused. A yearly pass that you put in your window that expires at the end of the year can be used.

We volunteers on Committees meet monthly and put in many hours that are uncompensated. We do it to make our City better for us and everyone else. Getting volunteers to put in this time is hard - many say they want to help out, but few step up (understood, it is a time commitment that some may not have). As someone who has been on a Committee for a long time, I can attest to the fact that it is hard to get to people to join and often there are just a handful of us making the commitment. This would help us get people and be a nice gesture for those who are on there now.

2 Votes Acknowledged

Daily, I observe a large number of small children and schoolchildren who walk to schools from Ward 1 neighborhoods. There are no practical, safe alternate routes to walk to schools, churches, the post office, municipal buildongs, city hall, etc., from neighborhoods in Ward 1. The visibility is poor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians alike on sharp, short turns (like 42nd Ave. And Decatur, back to Crittenden). I wpuld agree with many others in Ward 1 neighborhoods that too many strips pf roadways are high-risk zones for interactions between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists.

I've been in Zone 4 for over 4 years and I've noticed that there are quite a few homes that have way too many cars parked on the street. Some of my neighbors have driveways and don't even use them. The house across the street from me occupies 5 street spots, and sometimes 6 on a weekly basis. This is way too many cars for one single family household.