The young, expectant couple and others like them who are finding it difficult to afford Washington do not have to look as far as Baltimore or Richmond for an affordable, interesting, welcoming and diverse community [“Aged out of the District,” Metro, June 17]. They can follow the growing number of their peers coming to the close-in areas of Prince George’s County. Many of our neighborhoods are convenient, walkable and near transit. College Park, for example, is only a 15-minute ride on the Green Line to the couple’s current neighborhood of Columbia Heights. A MARC train from Riverdale Park to Union Station is 12 minutes.
Our bike trails rival any in the region, we have a growing arts district and restaurants in the Route 1 corridor communities, and there is a hub of activity at the University of Maryland. Our children participate in soccer, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, choir, gymnastics and more. We have robust neighborhood traditions — progressive parties, potlucks, pickup football and basketball games, book clubs, music shows of our own neighborhood talent and children’s plays. Redevelopment is occurring, and the Purple Line light rail is coming. We are very much part of the Washington region but also our own creative community.
Eric C. Olson, College Park
The writer, a Democrat, represents District 3 on the Prince George’s County Council.