Category Archives: Greenbelt

How Route 1’s Voting Age Is Ahead of the Curve

A growing number of municipalities are debating allowing 16-year-olds to vote, but along the Route 1 corridor the issue is already settled. Of the four jurisdictions in the state of Maryland that allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections, three … Continue reading

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Capital Bikeshare Keeps Expanding on Route 1

It’s been a long time coming, but Capital Bikeshare is finally getting serious about expanding along the Route 1 corridor. New bikeshare stations opened recently in several key locations: • Studio 3807 apartments in Brentwood• West Hyattsville Metro on Queens Chapel Road … Continue reading

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Behnke’s Nursery in Beltsville to Close in June

After 89 years, Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville will close in June. Started in 1930 by German immigrant Albert Behnke and his wife Rose, the nursery and garden center had been a thriving business for three generations of the family. But … Continue reading

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Greenbelt Theatre Announces Family Film Lineup

The Old Greenbelt Theatre’s new lineup of family movies is a mix of crowdpleasers, both old and new. The nonprofit arthouse theater will hold regularly scheduled viewings of family-friendly movies under its newly renamed OGT Kids program. Movies are shown … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays From the Hyattsville Wire

This holiday season we spotted a fruit fan adorning a door of a University Park home. Contrary to popular conception, the tradition of creating a holiday “fruit fan” to post above the door does not date to Colonial Williamsburg. In … Continue reading

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Greenbelt’s Beltway Plaza to Be Redeveloped

In its design and feel, Greenbelt’s Beltway Plaza Mall is a throwback to the heyday of American malls in the 1980s. But a closer look shows a mall with a unique business model. As noted in this 2016 story in … Continue reading

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Why WMATA Is Pushing Growth Along Route 1

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is pushing new mixed-use developments in West Hyattsville and College Park. The reason: It would help balance the commuter train system. WMATA, the multi-state agency in charge of the Metro system, is working to … Continue reading

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Why Route 1’s Giant Parking Lots May Not Last

Few things are more symbolic of America suburbs than the giant parking lot. From malls to car dealerships to big box stores, developers have spent the latter half of the 20th century paving over lots to fill with cars, especially … Continue reading

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Track Route 1 BioDiversity on iNaturalist App

Local naturalists are turning to their smartphones to track and document the diversity of plants and animals along the Route 1 corridor. Using the popular iNaturalist app on iPhones and Android, area bird watchers, riverkeepers and amateur arborists are doing … Continue reading

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Welcome to Pawpaw Season Along Route 1

September is the beginning of pawpaw season along the Route 1 corridor in places like Greenbelt Park and the Emerson Street Food Forest in Hyattsville. You may be forgiven if you’ve never heard of North America’s largest edible fruit, which is the size of … Continue reading

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