Author Archives: Ryan Teague Beckwith

College Park’s Solar-Powered Charging Station

If you need to charge your phone at Lake Artemesia, you’re in luck. The nature park in College Park and Berwyn Heights has a free charging station for cell phones and tablets on its northern end, although you might have … Continue reading

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Developer Eyes Hyattsville’s WSSC Building

A real estate developer once again has eyes on the former home of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The 115,000-square foot building, which dates to 1939, is the subject of a proposal by Werrlein Properties, a Maryland developer which has … Continue reading

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Relive the Streetcar Era Along Route 1

Long before there was Streetcar 82 Brewing Co, the 82 Streetcar Line used to take commuters and shoppers to and from Washington, D.C., at 5th & G, near what is now the Verizon Center, to towns along Route 1 including Eckington, Woodridge, Mt. … Continue reading

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Trolley Trail Opens at Riverdale Park

The Trolley Trail from Calvert Hills to Riverdale Park Station is now officially open and there is a detour for the remainder of the route heading south. Under the temporary route, hikers and bikers heading south from College Park can make … Continue reading

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How Prince George’s Metro Stops Could Improve

Prince George’s County could soon take a small step that would greatly improve shops and apartments around the Route 1 corridor Metro stations. Some minor tweaks to the county’s 50-year-old zoning code would make it much easier to have mixed-use developments … Continue reading

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An Interview With Maryland Meadworks

Ken Carter is getting ready to bring mead to Hyattsville. The founder of Maryland Meadworks has launched a Kickstarter to raise the last $10,000 he needs to open the meadery along Route 1. (As of Sunday night, he’d raised roughly … Continue reading

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How Mount Rainier Inspired ‘The Exorcist’

The story of how the legend of the Mount Rainier exorcism developed is almost as interesting as the story of the exorcism itself. The incident began as rumors around town, which became a newspaper article, which inspired a movie, which … Continue reading

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Meet University Park Author Monica Hesse

Route 1 has had its share of crime authors. George Pelecanos used to cruise the Hyattsville area and has mentioned it in some of his books. And University Park was home to famed noir author James M. Cain. Now it … Continue reading

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Riverdale Park Just Got a Major Piece of Art

Route 1’s newest piece of public art is by a noted Spanish artist. “The Soul of Words I and II” was recently placed on the grassy area in front of the Whole Foods parking lot at Riverdale Park Station. The … Continue reading

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Distillery Coming to Downtown Hyattsville

A distillery will open in Hyattsville sometime next year. Sangfroid Distilling will make brandy, whiskey and the classic Dutch version of gin, known as genever, in a space to the right of the TESST building on Route 1 in Hyattsville’s … Continue reading

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