As Mount Rainier City Council prepares tonight to consider legislation that would cut property tax rates for single-family homes while raising them for multi-family dwellings, one thing has become a matter of fact for Route 1 Reporter: two of the most-prominent justifications for such a scheme are based on unexamined conjecture. At best, they are mere hypotheses.
Route 1 Reporter would like to apologize to subscribers who may have had difficulties accessing our content Feb. 1, and Feb. 2, 2019. Patreon, the company which provides both my paywall and the plugin to set up the paywall on Route 1 Reporter, encountered its own technical difficulties over the weekend relating to payment processing. Patreon’s work to fix that issue, involved putting its servers into maintenance mode several times this past weekend.
I hope you all had a warm and wonderful snow-filled weekend. Here’s hoping it doesn’t put too much of a damper on your early-week plans. Word on the street is most Route 1 communities reported few issues with snow clearance. It always helps matters when the snowstorm is on a weekend. From Route 1 Reporter’s world headquarters in Berwyn, crews were seen at all hours working city and state roads alike.
Thanks again for your continued support of Route 1 Reporter! It’s getting busy out there, so let’s dive in. Now that the Christmas season is officially behind us, the local governments of Prince George’s County are diving back into their business. With a new year, comes new reflections on the future, too. Several local governments have annual council retreats scheduled.
For instance, the Prince George’s County Council will be hosting its annual retreat on Jan.
2019 is literally around the corner – mere hours away. That means Route 1 Reporter also turns six months old! Technically, Route 1 Reporter is a little more than six months old. The site was unofficially launched in the closing days of May 2018. At that point, I was still getting the site up and running.
Hello everyone; Happy holidays to all! NEWS ROUNDUP
Our most-read story published this past week was an update on University of Maryland’s search for new intramural fields. Administration officials had proposed to locate the fields on the campus golf course, a move bitterly contested by some nearby residents and golfers. Before that plan could move forward, the school’s Facilities Council would have had to sign off on it. However, they asked administration officials to more-fully study alternate proposals. The move gives course preservationists some breathing room to organize their efforts.
Once again, I can’t do it without you guys, so a big hearty thank you for your continued support of Route 1 Reporter! You give dignity to my work, and for that I am grateful.
This Reporter’s Notebook is going to be a quick one. Last week was heavy on the news, with several big stories advancing down the pike. For instance, College Park residents are awaiting word of the decision of the University of Maryland Facilities Commission as to whether or not it will recommend building athletic fields on the campus golf course, Hyattsville saw a new police chief sworn in, Berwn Heights has a new Mayor, and a major new bike path extension will connect Beltsville (and beyond) to the regional trail network.
This week, we have meetings of the Hyattsville City Council and the Mount Rainier City Council. Also be on the lookout for the results of that facilities commission meeting!
It may be repetitive, but once again, I start another Reporter’s Notebook with a big hearty thank you to all of Route 1 Reporter’s subscribers! Last week was a busy one on the news front, especially if you are into development. For starters, Route 1 Reporter was the first news outlet to report on new development activity at Riverdale Park Station, where hundreds of new apartments are either about to start construction or enter the development review pipeline. In all, more than 850 apartment units are planned for the development on parcels closest to the CSX tracks. More on this story below.
As November fades into December, thanks again for your continued support of Route 1 Reporter. There will be some changes as we head into the new month. For one, Prince George’s County will have a new County Executive in Angela Alsobrooks and a new, larger County Council, this time with two at-large members. They will all be sworn in today in Upper Marlboro, and Route 1 Reporter will be in attendance to cover the ceremonies and gather comment from our new county leadership. It’s the first excursion of a new and expanded focus on policymaking at the county-wide level.
I’m done caring about the woes of the middle-class and able-bodied who commute alone by car along Route 1. I’m done hearing complaints about car congestion on Route 1 as if it should be the primary driver of public policy and planning decisions in the Route 1 corridor. So here are a few hard truths: The Route 1 corridor, as it is laid out, is congested during rush hour. Horribly so. As it has been, and as it ever shall be.