Week in Review: Street Spam, Redistricting, Gardening and PGPOA Petitions
Snapshots from last week.
Monday kicked off with a discussion about the advertisement signs that businesses hang on telephone poles and other public places, what some call "street spam." There's a new law going into effect that gives the city more authority to punishes those who hang those signs.
What do you think? Do the signs bother you?
Tuesday, our Mom Columnist shared her son's fear of starting a new school year. Turns out, there are a few people out there worried about upcoming big events, and they commented on her article.
That same day, Patch featured a new project in College Park that seems to be a part of a growing trend in teaching gardens. It's pretty cool -- this group used goats to chew up the weeds to clear the area before planting.
Wednesday, we jumped on board with all this talk about caddies. (How much did Tiger firing his longtime caddie Steve Williams really affect his performance this week?) Patch brought back some archived photos of a caddie that came out of the golfing program at the University of Maryland. Mark Long was a caddie for PGA golfer and former Terp golf coach Fred Funk.
That same day we reported that City Council believes $100,000 is too much to adopt the emergency response smart phone application that the University of Maryland is rolling out in September.
The next day, Patch reported that the Prince George's Property Owner's Association still plans to turn in a pair of controversial petitions for referendum, even though the deadline to get the proposed amendments on to the November ballot has passed. City Council members were strongly opposed to these petitions when they were first being circulated about this spring. "I'm confident the citizens of College Park would overwhelmingly crush these petitions if they got on the ballot," commented Councilman Marcus Afzali (Dist. 4) on Thursday's article.
Thursday's Viewfinder featured 10 of the buildings in College Park that are currently empty. "And this is only a taste," commented one reader, who went on to describe some other abandoned properties in the city.
Friday, Patch reported that the city's parking enforcement believes fewer parking tickets have been issued since the coin meters in the College Park Shopping Center lot were replaced with credit card pay-by-space stations. If you're still trying to figure out how to use those pay stations, you might want to check out the video with this post. Former Patch Editor Lauren Evans showed readers how to use the stations in the Knox Road parking garage, and they're the same stations in the Shopping Center lot.
Friday, About Town Columnist Joe Smith also asked, should College Park remain split by a Prince George's County district line? There are benefits and negatives to each side of the argument. What do you think?