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VIDEO: How Does College Park Fare as a 'Top College Town?'

University students and College Park residents share their views on living in the city.

While the city and the University of Maryland through the to create a vibrant college community, many say they're looking forward to seeing the results.

The partnership strives to align the initiatives of the city and the university, Mayor Andrew Fellows said. “Most great college towns have things that appeal to students—bookshops, coffee shops, things like that," he added. Read the full article, .

Patch took to U.S. Route 1 on a beautiful Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning to see how close the city's residents and students think College Park is to becoming a top college town.

Barry March 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
You fell right into my trap. Your said, "it has reasonable potential in the intermediate future to be a money maker for the City" Just face it, the only reason the garage was built was to make money for the city - not to help out any business. In fact if you had it your way you would have made businesses pay for even more of it.
Robert Catlin March 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Actually businesses don't pay for it. Business are not the property owners. The property owners suck up city assistance and don't pass it on to the business operators in most cases. Terrapin Station, for example, doesn't lower rents because they they received $500,000 of parking for only a $100,000. It adds to the property owner's profit. You two don't understand how difficult it is to help businesses who don't own their own property. I also said the parking garage could be a source of funds to provide addition infrastructure help to the business community. You fail to understand that the City's revenue are spent for the benefit of all. It is clear that you wish to argue for the sake of arguing and nothing else.
Danny March 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
well, i can't speak for "barry," but thanks for your suggestion that the only reason for my disagreement with you is that i "don't understand." i wish i could be smart enough to be a CP councilperson. for example, i personally wouldn't have had the legal acumen to "interpret" maryland's speed camera legislation to give CP the unique privilege of enforcing its speed cameras 24/7. that particular display of revenue-snatching must have been fun while it lasted. thanks for deigning to discuss issues with mere constituents.
Barry March 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I wasn't trying to argue for the sake of arguing. Was just pointing out that I have been here since the 70s, well before you moved here. It has always been a struggle between businesses and the council. I think this is mainly because the council does not want the city to become a college town. Just like the businesses, the city thrives off of the students and the funds provided by the proximity of the university, but never seems to want to make it better for them. A whole other discussion is if the city is actually better off as a college town.
Robert Catlin March 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I have lived here for twenty years and I fail to see how the City thrives off of the students. Students and the University are both a plus and a minus to the City. If it were a substantial plus we would be the envy of all the other cities and towns in the greater Washington area.

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