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UMD Asks to Change Paint Branch Avenue’s Name to Campus Drive

The City has recently received a request from the University of Maryland to support their intention submit a request to Prince George’s County to rename Paint Branch Parkway to Campus Drive.

Paint Branch Parkway extends approximately 1.6 miles between Baltimore and Kenilworth Avenues, and is located in the municipalities of College Park and Riverdale Park.

The University thinks that extending the name Campus Drive would provide greater continuity between the main campus, the forthcoming Innovation District, and the M Square Research Park.

A name change would provide clarity in wayfinding. Visitors, as well as members of the local community, will be able to navigate more easily and articulate directions more effectively.

Finally, according to the University, since the number of properties on Paint Branch Parkway is limited, and several of them are owned by the University, the process of modifying street addresses would be straightforward.

Please let me know what you think about the name change.


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  1. DAK4Blizzard

    Makes sense to me. Might as well eliminate an extra name, as the road name changes again into Good Luck Rd east of Kenilworth Ave. And yes, this would be a good time to do it before more development occurs and more properties acquire addresses.

    It’s nice when a road can remain the same name for many miles, if not its entire span. If people like the name Paint Branch Drive, perhaps it could be the name of a new road — ideally somewhere close to Paint Branch. Though I think at least several years should be allowed for that after it gets removed, so as not to confuse too many people.

  2. Mike

    I support the name change.

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