Hyattsville, MD

Celebrating a local birthday. (Credit: Helen Knowles)

Hyattsville is like a small town where everyone knows everyone else. If there is a need, friends and neighbors will help out in a second. Neighbors are very vigilant and if they see something that looks out of place, they will check on their neighbors to make sure everything is okay. The city has grown in population over the years, but there is still that same old-town neighborhood feel. Many new businesses have popped up and and are supported by the community. It’s a great place to live.

Stories About Hyattsville

Many years ago, a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer. The neighborhood came together and prepared meals for their family for four months, and decorated their house for Christmas, including purchasing a Christmas tree for the family. Friends did her Christmas shopping, helped with errands for her children and husband, and were there for the family. It’s been almost 30 years since she died, and her family has grown up and moved to other places. This is the type of situation that shows how wonderful it is to live in a small town.

The neighborhood is very walkable and people speak to one another, even if they don’t know them. There are lots of historical Victorian homes in the neighborhood, and there is the annual Historic Home Tour every May, where neighbors open up their homes to the public to tour (and get new ideas for their own homes). There is lots of participation in civic events throughout the year. In celebration each year there is an annual parade down some of the streets in the neighborhood. Lots of bands, politicians, civic groups, etc., participate. Neighbors line the street to see all the participants. Hyattsville is right outside of Washington, D.C., but it is nice to have a lovely town, with its own city council, police force and fire department. We’ve lived here since 1978 and I can’t think of a better place to raise our family.

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