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Single Family Homes in College Park – Challenges and Opportunities

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Following a recent discussion about housing in College Park, I looked into the number of single family homes in different parts of the City. I used data from the Maryland National Park and Planning’s GIS, which I obtained from City’s engineering division. Please see that map here. I used this worksheet to make these charts.

Two findings of City’s single family homes shouldn’t surprise anyone (1) Almost half of City single family homes are located in District 1 (2) The north College Park has more than two-third of  City’s single family homes.

It’s important to look into City’s single family homes for a couple of reasons:

  • A majority of our infants, children, youth, parents and seniors most likely live in these single family homes. The locations of City’s single family homes should help us plan where to focus services for these groups of residents. For example, if we plan for affordable childcare or early learning centers for young children, after school programs for school children, or other activities for all family members, we may want to look at the places where we find these houses most. Ideally, we want to have services in each of city’s neighborhoods, however, due to the budgetary constraints, we may need to start in areas where most of these single families are found.
  • You’ll probably get more vacant homes in an area where you’ll see more homes. This should help the City plan housing stabilization in College Park.
  • Most of our long time residents live in our single family houses. This is the generation that built our neighborhoods and our City. It’s important to recognize the places where they live.
  • To some extent, the location of single family homes should give us a sense where the majority of our residential tax revenues come from.

Each neighborhood in College Park has its own strength and challenges. For example, some of our neighborhoods in the southern part of  the city face challenges that can be found in many college towns in the country. On the other hand, our neighborhoods in the northern part of the city have their unique needs that come from many families living in the single family homes. It’s important that we recognize these distinct needs and make these neighborhoods better places to live for our residents.

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