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Actually, Hyattsville is Into Urbanism

An article about urbanism in Prince George’s County has struck a nerve. Dan Reed, a smart young urban planner who runs the Just Up the Pike blog about Montgomery County, argues in the Washingtonian that the county “just isn’t into urbanism” … Continue reading

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Spotted in University Park

Here’s something you might have walked past without realizing it. The Hyattsville Wire spotted a mounting block on Pineway in University Park which is a set of stairs to get on and off a horse more easily and was typically … Continue reading

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New Chainsaw Art in University Park

Chainsaw artist Don Becker is working on another sculpture in University Park. A tree stump along the town’s popular Wells Run park is slowly becoming a yellow-crowned night heron, a crab-eating migratory bird described as “more solitary and often more … Continue reading

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Hyattsville: A One-Car Kind of Town

Hyattsville is a one-car kind of town. According to the American Community Survey’s 2012 estimates for Hyattsville, more than 60 percent of Hyattsville residents have either one car or none. That’s roughly 19 percentage points higher than the national average. The … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter Spotted in University Park

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University Park’s Noir Writer

It’s a little surprising that sleepy little University Park was also home to one of the most hardboiled of crime fiction authors. Or maybe not. If you read James M. Cain’s novels — or watch film noir adaptations of “Double … Continue reading

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Kermit the Frog Spotted in University Park

The Hyattsville Wire recently spotted a wood carving of Kermit the Frog along one of the walking trails in University Park’s Town Park. We are learning more about the backstory on the carving, though a resident of the area said … Continue reading

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The Second Life of a University Park Artist’s Mural

A small town in Minnesota still sells posters of a University Park artist’s long-destroyed mural from their local post office. In 1936, David M. Granahan painted a mural of farmland around the town of Hopkins, Minn., for the Works Progress … Continue reading

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Restrictive Covenants in University Park

If you bought a house in University Park in 1938, you were prohibited from selling it to a racial minority. The real estate company which developed the town included so-called “restrictive covenants” with every deed of sale. The nine-point contract … Continue reading

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Where Was Jim Henson Really From?

What do University Park, Hyattsville and College Park have in common? All three played a part in the life of Jim Henson, world-renowned puppeteer and creator of “The Muppets.” James Maury “Jim” Henson was born in Leland, Miss., in 1936. His father, … Continue reading

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