Earlier this year, our Mayor and City Council sent Senators Cardin, Mikulski and the USPS a letter that read: "The City of Hyattsville requests your assistance reducing the geographical area that is considered 'Hyattsville' by the United States Postal Service. As you are aware, the Hyattsville postal code is far larger than our incorporated municipality. While this may seem innocuous, it causes great frustration among residents and non-residents and confusion among news media. Below are two examples of how the current situation is problematic. When crime occurs within the postal code, many media report it as occurring in Hyattsville, regardless of the many times we have corrected local outlets. The outcome is that our City's reputation and property values suffer, and our residents become exasperated. Additionally, when residents of the greater area seek government services- for example, snow plowing during and after the recent blizzard- they often write and call us with requests. When we explain that they do not live within our jurisdiction, the result is often further vexation with government bureaucracy failing to be clear and meet the public's needs. We are and will continue to be excellent partners with our neighboring cities and towns in Prince George's County. However, we need your help to remove what have become barriers to optimal governance for the constituents across our region and economic growth in the City of Hyattsville. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. It is greatly appreciated." We hereby join our voices to those of our Mayor and City Council and ask that you help us by working together to identify a solution to our concerns." Please sign this petition to encourage this important change to be officially made.
The Arts District lacks a unified vibe. The are's brand as an artsy and local destination would benefit greatly from encouraging more art gallery businesses and art events on a weekly basis. The annual festival does not resonate for long, and there are no notices of art events that are accessible by bike or walking. We should encourage a more cohesive and unified area within the district for artists to showcase their work and promote it through events. Also consider programming art walks that showcase artists along an engaging and interactive walk for visitors and locals.
From high school students to baby carriages, our city is growing smarter and using its feet and bicycles more than ever. If we cannot reduce the posted speed limit on roadways like US-1 we should implement smart crosswalk to minimize accidents and fatalities. Like Arlington County, and many other municipalities, these devices can help our speed cameras reduce speeds while adding that extra protection for other important commuters using our public rights of way - people and bikes.
Hyattsville is a beautiful pedestrian and bike friendly city that neighbors many more bike and pedestrian friendly cities. We don't just welcome cars in our city, but bikes and pedestrians equally. The best way to underscore this is through highlight those paths through painted and separated bike lanes. Please see the attached photo of what Montgomery County and Washington, DC are doing today.
To discourage blight on Route 1 and around Hyattsville, the city should impose property tax increases and penalties for prolonged vacancies, particularly in commercial properties, such as what Washington DC does.
To ensure developers must build to the historic district's existing character, and abide by quality and materials standards, Hyattsville should become a PG County Historic District. Also, so that all residents, not just those who have chosen to designate their own homes as a historic site, can benefit from county tax credits and grants for preservation of their homes.
Lets try to promote our City as a more unique And local experience for other regional residents to want to visit.
I added this before but cant find it on the list. Our rents are too high for most seniors to afford even if they wanted to downsize and move out of their homes. It is also important for us to keep a diverse community economically and otherwise. Council should have a strategy for this - e.g., making sure that developers include a number of affordable units. I personally went around recently to all the condos, townhomes (inaccessible), and rental units including Mosaic and the ones near the BBT and Palette. None of them have affordable units even for someone still working and making a reasonable salary. Ultimately this professional woman who works at UMd who was looking to downsize decided on staying in Silver Spring.
What about creating a Food Bank/Soup Kitchen/Food Service training center? Local supermarkets and restaurants could donate food they cannot sell. High school students could volunteer for community service hours. Qualified instructors could train people in food services. Hungry citizens could get a meal, or pantry suplies.