City Council, Student Leaders, RTCP Reach Major Compromise

We’re pleased to announce that a major (and in our view: reasonable) compromise was reached late last night on the impact fee waiver controversy. While everyone at the meeting agreed the boundary (that allows a county incentive for student housing) needs to be reduced from its original size (black line) to an area within the … Continue reading City Council, Student Leaders, RTCP Reach Major Compromise

Diamondback Prints RTCP Op-ed on Impact Fee Waiver

The Diamondback printed today RTCP’s own blistering account of the School Facilities Impact Fee Waiver bill being considered in Annapolis today and tomorrow (read our first report on this). While the undergraduate and graduate student governments may not agree with the specific rhetoric in today’s Op-ed, they stand firmly with us in opposition to this … Continue reading Diamondback Prints RTCP Op-ed on Impact Fee Waiver

Rising From the Mud

We often use one word to describe the amount of development coming to College Park – “staggering“. Yet while driving down Route 1, not one crane can be seen nor construction project underway. Even on campus, the recent building frenzy seems to have trickled to a halt among higher bond prices and tightening state purse … Continue reading Rising From the Mud

Get Cash to Buy a House in CP

Considering buying a home in College Park? Two city programs are offering thousands of dollars in cash to help ease the financial burden — if you meet certain requirements. Under the city’s New Neighbors Program (sometimes referred to as the ‘home conversion program’), the city will offer home buyers $5,000 towards the purchase of a … Continue reading Get Cash to Buy a House in CP

City Special Election Tomorrow, CP Mayor endorses Nick Aragón for District 4

We’d like to remind everyone that the College Park special election is tomorrow, January 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you’re in College Park and registered to vote in the following areas please remember to cast your vote at the indicated locations. If you filed for an absentee ballot remember to mail it! … Continue reading City Special Election Tomorrow, CP Mayor endorses Nick Aragón for District 4

An Aesthetic Assessment of Downtown

While there is no quick-fix for community redevelopment, community beautification through art is relatively simple. The only ingredients are cheap materials such as paint and the spark of a creative mind. Let us take into account the current state of affairs in downtown College Park aesthetics. The horizon is bland, squat, and nearly uniform. From … Continue reading An Aesthetic Assessment of Downtown

Special Election District 3 Survey Results

Below are the responses for the three candidates for the vacant District 3 seat on the City Council that will be filled on January 16th. Candidates: Stephanie Stullich cell: 301-461-5051, home: 301-864-6709 email: stullich at verizon.net Robert Massey “Concerns, questions, and comments are encouraged. Email me at robert_massey at verizon.net” Jutta Hagner Campaign website URL: … Continue reading Special Election District 3 Survey Results

Want to Run For City Council?

If you live in College Park’s Council Districts 3 or 4 you can! The election of Councilmembers Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Eric C. Olson to higher office mean the city plans to hold a special election to fill the seats in January. Council District 3 includes all of Old Town (including Frat Row and the Graham … Continue reading Want to Run For City Council?

Suppressing Student Housing

The following published in my biweekly column in today’s Diamondback. The views expressed don’t necessarily represent the views of this site or its other authors. If you go to city council meetings on any given Tuesday, you are likely to find two students in attendance. One is student liaison Jesse Blitzstein, and the other a … Continue reading Suppressing Student Housing