Sometimes when I need to clear my head, I take a walk around the developing .
As I walked down Route 1, I noticed two women walking in my direction. I heard one of them say, “Oh no, all these new developments are going to attract tourists.”
She looked like she would not be happy about the burst of new visitors to Hyattsville.
I know that “change” can be a bit difficult when residents are comfortable the way things are. There may be some people who believe there is no need for new development.
Then there are residents like myself who are excited about the change and improvement the city is going through.
I bet that in two years it won’t be uncommon for a film crew to be filming on these streets. I’m not saying Hyattsville will be deluged with this rising tide, but sooner or later we’ll be a hot commodity on the gateway into Prince George’s County.
With the new attention Hyattsville is getting there will be, of course, your occasional irritations especially when it comes to visitors. Don’t bother getting upset or agitated.
Before we can be more inviting to outsiders we have to take care of each other (By “taking care” I don’t mean standing in the middle of East West Highway holding hands, singing hymns, though that would be cool). I mean investing more in the city as consumers.
I encourage you to do what you can to make sure that that Hyattsville thrives from within. You never know—the visitors just may be future neighbors.