October 2021

Dear neighbors,

I am Fazlul Kabir. I am your neighbor and have had the privilege to serve you as your Councilmember representing District 1 for the past 10 years.

16 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home in Hollywood where we raised our two boys – Arif and Samir. Arif graduated from the Business School at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), and Samir is currently a student at the UMCP.

Before I made College Park my final home, I spent several years in Canada. Before that, I lived in England, where I earned my Ph.D. degree. Being an immigrant from a minority background, I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the love, support and acceptance I received from our wonderful community in College Park.

My current day job is with the Federal government as a Senior Project Lead at a Federal agency. In the past, I also worked with a number of other Federal agencies, where I gathered experience in developing business proposals, financial and project management skills. Additionally, I also taught Cybersecurity as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

I consider myself a community organizer. Back in 2010, I worked with a group of residents for several months, and we started the City’s annual College Park Day event. With a wonderful group of neighbors, I started the Hollywood Farmers Market in 2013 and started the Hollywood Community Garden last year. Last year, I started the monthly Community-Police meeting at the MoM’s Cafe.

Additionally, I’ve organized over a dozen community clean-up and snow shoveling events for more than ten years. Also, before becoming your Council representative, I served as the secretary of the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) for four terms.

During my ten years on the Council, we’ve seen quite a bit of progress in District 1. I’ve worked for improved pedestrian safety by adding flashing lights along Rhode Island Avenue. I’ve also advocated funding for the brand new Duvall Field Plaza and the beautiful concession building project. Additionally, I’ve worked to increase amenities and programs for the City’s senior citizens. I advocated adding the City Service Desk to North College Park at Davis Hall, and I also worked to bring City’s Bikeshare program to North College Park.

During my current Council term, I have successfully advocated reducing College Park’s property tax rate to a historically low level. I also worked to complete the construction of the Hollywood Dog Park and the Hollywood Gateway Park.  I’ve also helped start the new newspaper “College Park Here & Now” by advocating funds for the paper at the Council.

There couldn’t be a more exciting time to see more amenities coming to North College Park in the next 2 years, and if re-elected, I will do everything possible to make them happen during my next term.

  • I plan to complete the construction of the Hollywood streetscape project at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave and Edgewood Road to help revitalize the Hollywood commercial district.
  • I will work with the community on the reconstruction of the second phase of the Duvall Field project.
  • I’ll also work to build the North College Park Community center and bring more community space and programs for residents of all ages. I will attract residents-owned small businesses using incentive programs to our commercial districts.
  • I will work to make north College Park more walkable by adding more sidewalks on neighborhood streets and bikeable by adding protected bike lanes, especially on Rhode Island Avenue.

Since 2009, I have been writing this daily community blog http://KabirCares.org. Currently, the blog has more than 4200 posts. Please visit it to find out more on community news, development projects, commentaries, crime maps, and announcements.

Thanks for reading this post. If you have any questions about District 1 issues or my candidacy or any other City issues, please email me at faz.kabir@gmail.com, or call me at 301-659-6295.

Your neighbor,

Fazlul Kabir

[The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Fazlul’s alone and not necessarily are those of the City of College Park or any other organization that Fazlul is officially affiliated with]

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13 Comments to “About”

  1. By Cordell Ploch, January 10, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.You have done a marvellous job!

  2. By Hamza Khan, January 15, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Your activism and dedication to your morals is truly heroic. I’m glad we’ve become friends since your razor-sharp election race!

  3. By Yusuf Khan, October 7, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Your dedication to the City of College Park is commendable. Wishing you much success.

  4. By Sarah Lazarus, October 3, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    This is awesome! Just came across this! Happy to have you as my Councilman 🙂

  5. By Christiane Williams, October 4, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Fazlul is the person who developed and made north College Park Farmers Market a success. He works tirelessly to help the resident solve their problems with the city. I am thankful to have him as a councilman and hope that he keeps on going.

  6. By Masud Rahman, November 6, 2019 @ 6:52 pm

    Congratulations Fazlul Kabir for your continued success! You are always helpful to others needs, I had first hand experience since my college day, when you were just our ever smiling Shiron bhai!!

  7. By julia, February 5, 2022 @ 5:38 pm

    Hello Fazlul
    I was wondering if you knew of any plans for the near non-existent playground on Cherokee behind the Berwyn Baptist Church. Do you know who it belongs to? I would love to see something done about bringing a quality playground to that piece of land.

    THank youj
    Julie Gillern

  8. By Fazlul Kabir, February 5, 2022 @ 10:47 pm

    Hi Julia, Thank you for asking. I believe it belongs to the Church. Please try to talk to the Church about your ideas on improving the playground. Please let me know if you need help in contacting them. Thanks.

  9. By Fidel Gonzalez, September 20, 2022 @ 6:49 pm

    The number you have for the noise complaint is for College Park only. It states that it’s for all PG. County. Do you know if there’s a department like yours for Hyattsville?
    Who created this new ordnance? Because 50 feet is too much, I live 10 feet away from the noise. I have Noisy neighbors and it seems that 50 feet is not enough. Also there are restaurants around my neighbor that think they can bring bands outside their premises and have their own concerts.

  10. By alan, October 9, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

    What are you doing to stop the encroachment of the Paint Branch Preserve development on our community?

  11. By Fazlul Kabir, October 9, 2022 @ 8:26 pm

    Hi Alan, The plan is still in the very early stage, but we’re keeping a close watch on this development, related to issues such as traffic, impact on school, tree canopy, storm water, compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood etc.

  12. By Dave miles, October 20, 2022 @ 7:45 pm

    Once again I didn’t get medical premium bill in mail. Got warning letter.

    This is a reoccurring problem. Can’t city put pressure on this P.O.

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