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.
"The HVille Reporter" listed an event on 3 March @ 10AM. It was in my mail box that afternoon after the event ended.
At minimum, the city should consider banning military assault weapons in public spaces- schools, playgrounds, houses of worship. The wellbeing and security of our young children and citizens depend on it. Without such sensible measures the safety of our children will remain compromised- whether they are playing, biking or skating with friends in their neighborhood playgrounds, at school, or simply attending services at church, mosque, or synagogue. It is important to note, this does not ban the right of citizens to own guns- but to simply ask that they not carry them in areas where large number of children congregate and have no way to defend themselves from anyone with a bad intent. Simply put, the city can protect the right of citizens to own guns and also adopt sensible measures that would make it harder to mercilessly injure and kill tens of innocent people in 60 seconds- that as it stands are legally sanctioned by our state laws.
The planning department says they have no influence regarding what can be done on Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel. They claim this because the said roadeways are owned and operated by the State Highway Association. Yet, Hyattsville city planners provide no warnings on the wikimap or in other community interfaces so the public can be aware that their ideas for Baltimore Avenue, East-West Highway, and Queens Chapel, will not come to fruition. To add to the confusion, they verbally provide a link during project meetings to where we can comment on SHA roadways.
More importantly, I spoke with SHA and the Transportation Planners at Prince George's County. They confirmed that the City of Hyattsville planner's perception of no influence is incorrect and short of completing the planning tasks of collaboration and coordination during the planning process. In the industry, this is called "working in a vacuum".
Please be aware that Hyattsville planning staff and leadership do not want to work anymore than obligatory. Lets challenge them to set meetings and coordinate with their municipal counterparts. This action will fulfill what all of these cool internet tools aspire to offer. After all, its not that hard to set up a meeting and speak up on behalf of your city.
What is the Hyattsville City Council doing to promote home ownership in Hyattsville? Does Hyattsville have any policies that promote affordable housing within the incorporated areas of Hyattsville?
This is a good idea because it will cut down on congestion and problems with parking spaces behind the Yes! and Busboys, which is horrendous even in the best weather. People who commute to work on bicycle will continue to bike when the trails have been cleared.
This should be a no-brainer. There's already a big-a** parking lot behind these business. Make people use these parking spaces. [Ask any driver of a The Bus or Metro bus if this isn't a good idea.] Maybe the city can provide other incentives for the business owners along Hamilton to open up their back doors to customers in cars, while keeping an attractive storefront on Hamilton for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new auto parts store facing Queen's Chapel has led the way in showing how a different configuration would work
The Park on Gallatin Street should be restricted as a children park - NOT a dog park. Dogs are allowed to roam freely in park, defecate as they please (which is TOO often ignored by the pet owner) and behave w/o repercussions. My daughter was brought to tears this morning as a dog aggressively charged and jumped on her stroller. This has happened repeatedly. And WHO wants their kids playing, rolling around in the grass with dog pee n' poo. Strongly believe there should be a no dog policy in the park