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.
Lets try to promote our City as a more unique And local experience for other regional residents to want to visit.
Currently, the City is broken into unconnected parts, such as * the EYA/Franklins/Vigilante restaurant area * Magruder Park * Heurich Park * Two Metros * West Hyattsville/East Hyattsville/North Hyattsville (and, within those, various sub-neighborhoods) * Mall ++ (UTC, etc.)
These all feel very DISconnected from each other. We need a way to visually and physically (and thus, emotionally and communitarianly - hey, language is fluid!) connect/bring these parts together. This is an urban design question and I'm sure there are experts out there who specialize in this; so no need to reinvent the wheel. Let's talk to them!
Either by connecting it to the pathway from 34th Avenue, or where 35th Avenue and Oliver Street meet, through the bridge leading up to the parking garage. This would shorten many people's walking time from streets further west of Jamestown Road. This would also mean fewer people walking through the Nicholas Orem Middle School parking lot, and having to go all the way around the Giant to get there.
Improve the area around the West Hyattsville Metro to make it attractive to new businesses such as new coffee shops and restaurants, especially the area around the corner of Hamilton St. and Queens Chapel. That would make the area feel safer, encourage young families to move there, improve the walkability score for those neighborhoods, and help real estate values.
don't allow prolonged durations of vacant buildings, add an identity of name or number to city alleyways, improvements of parking spaces, connect childcare line, connect mental health care, connect substance abuse assistance, domestic violence shelter, bringing back spiritual leadership and churches, area safe for teens to have space of their own and something to do, highschool level job and skill training, education more available online such as homeschooling minors with ease, space in schools are an issue needs to be addressed, improve prenatal care for people wanting help to overcome the hardship during the first year of life, better connect access for elderly