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Guerrilla Parking in Hyattsville

A brief note with a mysterious map offering insight into Hyattsville Arts District parking. It's not as restricted as one might think.

For three years, I've managed the in the Lustine Center in the Arts District. It's been an   I've watched the community grow as homes have sold and development has increased.  This is great news. A sign that the economy is recovering. 

That said, it's becoming a nightmare to park! 

Recently, I tried to meet some folks at for an arts discussion, and it was impossible to park! I drove around for 30 minutes looking for a space. I vented, and an anonymous source sent me a link to copy of some suggested parking ideas.

I can't say where this map came from, since the link was anonymous at a media share site. I'm not sure why there was mystery around this map, but none the less, it's a bit enlightening to see a number of lots varying in risk to park.  Use this map at your own risk!

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Jesse Walter February 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Biggest reason that businesses gave for leaving town for West Hyattsville was lack of parking. That was long ago. For a developer, parking spaces are a necessary evil. they cost money and don't pay rent.
Michael Theis February 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Personally, I think the parking problem in downtown Hyattsville is a bit overblown. Yes, the lots near the EYA development are frequently full, but drive two blocks in any direction and you'll find ample street parking. It's just a question of having the endurance to walk two whole blocks to your destination.
dogmama February 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM
I think it is more than that. This is not just for the EYA, but also Mount Rainier and other towns. True, for us we can park in the neighborhood and park an additional 2-3 blocks (although try that in the rain or snow, with a baby or dog, a pulled hamstring, and/or arms full of stuff you just bought, and it's not so easy). But the point is that we want to attract people from outside, right? We want our economies to grow and we want to attract the business, reputation and people to make that happen - and in all honesty people from outside (MoCo, Fairfax, etc.) are unsure enough about our area as it is, that if we compound this further by having a lack of parking, telling them to "park in the neighborhood and walk a few blocks" or use the Metro (which they tend to avoid anyhow), they just won't come. And we need them to!
Edward February 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
We are supposed to be a world within walking distance--not parking distance. However, I do agree that it probably does cost the businesses customers and should be rectified.
Jesse Cohen February 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
For us, the issue increases at the gallery when we have events. The art scene in Hyattsville is growing in a new way, and parking issues can be a deterrent. We're working to bring people to see the arts district, and we feel patrons will only circle the streets so many times before giving up! This will all improve, and seeing the map above gives me a few local ideas that are going to make show installs easier!

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