Collecting College Park: The Weekly Link Round-Up

Collecting College Park took a brief hiatus between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but is back on track for 2011.

As usual, you can expect to see this weekly news roundup of stories relevant to development, planning, transportation, and quality of life around the city and the campus.

A short list of links today, to get back into the swing of things:

  • Green projects, transportation, and development top Northern Prince George’s agendas (Gazette): “Major issues in College Park will include the decennial reconfiguring of City Council districts to coincide with population shifts; a controversial proposal to build student housing at the site of the Maryland Book Exchange despite complaints from nearby residents; and whether new University of Maryland, College Park, President Wallace D. Loh will continue the administration’s opposition to a Purple Line light rail route through the heart of campus. City Councilman Patrick Wojahn (Dist. 1) said he will also push for expansion of neighborhood watch programs throughout the city, and improvements to North College Park’s Hollywood Commercial District. “We’d like to see some higher quality development there and businesses that better serve the neighborhood,” Wojahn said, adding that aesthetic improvements to the area could attract new businesses.”
  • Maryland making little progress with smart growth, study says (Sun): “In its most comprehensive review to date, the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research says development patterns, commuting times and other trends indicate that the state “has not made measurable progress toward improving its performance in many of the areas it says it cares about.” Gerrit Knaap, director of the center, said there are ‘a few bright spots,’ notably the preservation of land and recent promotion of development around transit stops in the Baltimore and Washington areas. But overall, he said, “‘he evidence suggests that we haven’t really bent the curves [of growth] in ways we hoped we would.'”
  • New bar may open in Thirsty Turtle space (Post, Gazette): “John McManus, owner of the Barking Dog in Bethesda, has expressed interest in opening a second location at 7416 Baltimore Ave. in College Park, formerly home to Thirsty Turtle. McManus is scheduled to go before the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners on Feb. 22 to request a liquor license for the property.” Read the full story at the Gazette.

That’s it for this Friday! If you’ve got tips, suggestions, or pointers for next week’s edition of Collecting College Park, leave them in the comments or email Alex at lxdlnbc@gmail.com.