My Two Cents
By Pierre Walcott (View FULL STORY online on Hyattsville Life & Times)
What are the possibilities ahead for people and place in Hyattsville? We are told two divergent stories. On the one hand, theres a public narrative of Prince Georges County powerlessness in the face of daunting social and economic challenges: high unemployment and foreclosure rates, social misery, failing public schools and low business investment. This narrative inspires disengagement or departure. But we also hear uplifting stories of a community emerging full of promise and potential. We see longtime residents self-organizing around ideas of creativity (the Gateway Arts District), wellness and ecology (Port Towns), new immigrant communities, smart professionals, and active religious groups. We see educational and cultural institutions beginning to create structures that can allow individual dreams to become real.