Much agreed! Unifying the areas would greatly create a more cohesive and accessible destination for local and regional visitors to enjoy our area. As an urban designer I completely agree in the effort that will help Hyattsville grow smarter.
Great idea! West Hyattsville can be a charismatic and inviting destination like other metro stops in the region. It has all of the potential. Hamilton Street can one day become it's "Main Street" with the said retail on both sides (although the south side will need more work). I recommend replacing the very small crape myrtle trees with more mature growing native canopy trees to begin the process of beautification an enhancements. Pedestrian-scaled street lighting and updated furniture would also help enhance the site. Art should also be more prevalent throughout the city (ie. gateways, crosswalk art, murals, local sculpture) throughout the city, with each area contributing its own character.
We need more unified art programs and businesses. Businesses are currently in separate spots with little safe bike orpedestrian connections Promote more local retail including art galleries and beer gardens to compliment Vigilante.