Rethink College Park (rethinkcollegepark.net/), a local group/website dedicated to helping transform College Park into a great college town, is currently recruiting new contributors. Part journalism and part smart growth advocacy community group, the project’s impact spans far beyond the internet. Rethink College Park sets the debate in local and regional traditional news outlets and helps instigate substantive policy change. The group’s members use the site as a sounding board to communicate smart growth concepts to the public and shape specific projects such as student housing proposals, the East Campus redevelopment and the proposed Purple Line light rail. In 2008, the urban planning portal Planetizen named Rethink College Park one of the web’s top 10 planning websites. In 2011, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recognized the project for its community activism and achievement.
The group is credited with:
– Helping advance multiple mixed-use student housing developers on Route 1
– Bringing the routing of the Purple Line through the University of Maryland campus to the forefront of public debate
– Furthering the goal of a pedestrian-friendly, transit-ready, mixed-use district for the state’s flagship university
We are seeking both residents and students with an interest in urban and transportation planning, journalism, and community participation. No experience necessary. Enthusiasm a must.
The meeting will be held at 6PM on Monday, March 19th at Looney’s Pub (8150 Baltimore Ave. – Ground floor of The Varsity). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.