Going out in Greenbelt* December 6 – 15

*Here are the special events, music, live music, theater, talks, guided tours, etc coming up in the next 10 days – in Greenbelt Maryland, plus selected events in College Park, Hyattsville, University Park, Berwyn Heights, and Mt. Rainier. Together with Greenbelt, they’re a major arts and entertainment hub in Prince George’s County. Click to subscribe to Going out in Greenbelt.*  FRIDAY, ...
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2019 Holidays at US Botanic Garden

New Stickhouse joins Holiday Trains etc at US Botanic Garden

Just about this time last year I wrote about the one-of-a-kind plant-based decorations at the U.S. Botanic Gardens that start on Thanksgiving Day. While the train room featured plant-based train stations that year, this time its structures depict botanic gardens “from Hawaii to Maine.” NEW TIP FOR VISITORS I asked a knowledgeable staffer at the garden for his advice for visitors ...
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Going Out in Greenbelt* for November 29 – December 8

*Here are the special events, music, live music, theater, talks, guided tours, etc coming up in the next 10 days – in Greenbelt Maryland, plus selected events in College Park, Hyattsville, University Park, Berwyn Heights, and Mt. Rainier. Together with Greenbelt, they’re a major arts and entertainment hub in Prince George’s County. Click to subscribe to Going out in Greenbelt.*  ...
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Visiting the Planned Community of Daybreak, Utah

I recently attended a professional conference in Salt Lake City and was especially curious to see this OTHER of the.“10 Towns that Changed America.”  Salt Lake City was originally a planned community of small farms but when I saw the city I soon realized that the farms had turned into regular city blocks, at least on the ground. (Views from ...
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Going Out in Greenbelt* November 22- December 1

Here’s a preview of upcoming events in Greenbelt and nearby: festivals, music, live music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more. It covers the next 10 days. *Included are selected events in College Park, Hyattsville, University Park, Berwyn Heights, and Mt. Rainier. Together with Greenbelt, they’re a major arts and entertainment hub in Prince George’s County. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 At the ...
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Utopia Film Festival 2019: Tips for Viewing

The Utopia Film Festival, celebrating its 15th year, is happening in Old Greenbelt this weekend (November 16–18)! This year’s festival will feature movies about adoption; conservation; immigration; race relations; health issues such as the opioid crisis, Parkinson’s, and toxins in our body; community unity; LGBTQ; artists and their vision; new technology; and more. Several of this year’s films have won ...
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Turfgrass at Community Center is Restored, and People Have Opinions

Notice anything new at the Community Center? The perennial and rose bed in front of the building (above) was a weedy mess until very recently. Now it looks like this – turfgrass having replaced landscape roses, perennials and weeds. This additional bit of lawn will be maintained by the same crew who ride mowers across the much larger lawn between ...
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2019 Greenbelt City Council Candidate Responses in Lieu of Candidate Forum for a Progressive Greenbelt

Due to scheduling difficulties, the City Council Candidate Forum for a Progressive Greenbelt planning group decided to pursue alternative ways to share candidate’s views on progressive issues rather than to hold a forum. The following are questions submitted by progressive groups and the candidates responses in alphabetical order by last name. If you have questions about the forum or process, ...
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How to Buy a Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Cooperative Home

by Kim Kash, Greenbelter and Realtor with Caprika Realty A couple of weeks ago I wrote about WHY to buy in a cooperative housing community, and specifically our very own Greenbelt Homes (GHI.) For an overview of the key features and benefits of cooperative living, I hope you’ll find some good information there. So, does life in a park-like, eco-friendly, neighborly, ...
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How At-Large Voting Causes Low Voter Turn-out and Less Representative Government

In 2017 there were five challengers who campaigned hard and spent money on signs. Just one of them won –  to fill the single vacancy. All the incumbents won. I expect to hear lamentations about poor voting turn-out for this year’s City Council elections, but let’s be honest. With no real challenger, it’s to be expected. (The single challenger, Bill ...
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Strong Towns Comes to Greenbelt

By Jeff Lemieux On Tuesday, October 8th, a coalition of community organizations and businesses sponsored a guest lecture and discussion with Chuck Marohn, Jr., the founder of Strong Towns, a non-profit research and educational organization based out of Minnesota. A civil engineer and planner, Marohn is an expert in the sustainability and resilience of towns and cities. The discussion started ...
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Press Release: “Greenbelt Creatives” Directory is Launched

DATE: October 3, 2019 For Immediate Release CONTACT: Susan Harris Email: editor@greenbeltonline.org Greenbelt, Maryland, famous for its founding in 1937 as a "New Deal Utopia," is now touting its success as a mecca for creative people through its newly launched "Greenbelt Creatives Directory."  The directory is free and available to any self-identified "creative" in any medium, for income or fun, who ...
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Strong Towns Comes to Greenbelt (and College Park)

by Jeff Lemieux  What makes a town strong? Financial reserves? Community spirit? Jobs and economic growth? Livability and a great environment? Over the last couple years, I’ve written a little about Greenbelt’s finances, and also about taking a new approach to economic development that would emphasize helping small businesses form and thrive, rather than banking on megaprojects like the FBI ...
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Day Trip to Solomon’s Island

In the distance, the bridge over the Patuxent to St. Mary’s County Fall is a great time for day trips from Greenbelt, and we have another one to suggest – to Solomon’s Island near where the Patuxent River meets the Bay, just about 90 minutes from Greenbelt. See it on this map. Flat terrain makes for easy cycling. That’s exactly ...
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Why Buy in a Co-op – like Greenbelt Homes, Inc

Greenbelt Homes in spring. by Kim Kash, Greenbelter and Realtor with Caprika Realty Getting educated on the home-buying process is a big job, and there are plenty of great resources out there to guide homebuyers. Anyone starting to do their research may have heard about “fee simple” versus “condo or co-op” purchases. (No? Okay, don’t worry, this will bring you ...
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Greenbelt Garden Walk is TODAY, Sunday, September 22, 2-5

Welcome! We hope you enjoy these 9 gardens created by real hands-on gardeners. Five are in Greenbelt’s original townhouses, now a coop; three are at private homes nearby. Printed copies of the map and addresses are available on September 22 starting at 1 pm at the Greenbelt Museum. If you’re new to Old Greenbelt, we recommend arriving then to see ...
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Day Trip to the Maryland State Fair

Here’s an easy day trip from Greenbelt, but it’s available just 8 more days because the Maryland State Fair in Timonium ends on Labor Day. I drove up there Sunday morning in just under an hour. Honestly, as fairs go, I prefer Montgomery County’s, which is both larger and closer but ended a week ago. For its diversity of actual ...
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Venezuelan Engineers become Greenbelt Entrepreneurs

Maria Gutierrez and Hector Prieto I’m fascinated by the stories of people who move to the U.S., especially curious to know why they left home and how they managed to get here. I’ll plead ignorance and admit to just having learned why Venezuelans are fleeing their country because of the economic and political chaos its dictatorial leader is inflicting on ...
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Photographing and/or Interpreting Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

There’s only one national park dedicated to aquatic plants, and that’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, located in N.E. Washington, about a 15-minute drive from Greenbelt. I was there in Mid-July for their Lotus and Water Lily Festival. All summer but especially at the peak flowering time and during the festival, the place is swarming with photographers. This year the 2-day festival attracted ...
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Bringing Authentic Nigerian Cuisine to Greenbelt

Jodeem African Cuisine owners Amaka and Chuks Nunyerem at the restaurant in Beltway Plaza Mall, Greenbelt A big red sign hanging over the entryway tells me I’ve reached my destination: Jodeem African Cuisine. The smell of homemade curry, slow-cooked chicken and fried plantains rolls out through the door. Inside, customers line up, eagerly waiting for their orders. My stomach growls ...
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