One of my internet buddies made these comments/questions below about Prince George’s County. Please join in if you have suggestons or comments
What’s up Native son. I’m not from Prince George’s, but I went to college in Washington, DC so I always used to watch the local news and read the Post. When I first learned that the county was so affluent, I was under the impression that it was like Fairfax or Arlington, but it really isn’t (unless you count National Harbor..but that’s another story..lol). Crime is off the hook, but it seems to be confined to certain parts of the county. I went to the Blvd. at the Capitol Center a few times, and I generally liked it because it seemed to provide services that were lacking in the county (plus the Gladys Knight restaurant is pretty good). However, I saw too many cursing, reckless teens who were unsupervised and TOO many tennis shoe shops. How many Shoe City stores does the area need? lol. I try to imagine myself as a middle-class African-American dad with kids in a few years. Would I want my kids to be exposed to cursing and a low variety of stores, or would I drive to White Flint or Tysons Corner (or even M Street in Georgetown)? I would like to live with other educated African-Americans, but if the schools are overcrowded and amenities are poor, you have to question whether its worth it–especially since homes in P.G. have appreciated so much. Its sad there is a lack of cohesion among parents in the county because I think the schools could be a lot better. There are places in the county where the average income is $100,000 or more yet the state test scores are like Baltimore. I don’t get it…and I know the kids can do the work.
Also…do you think the county should be fighting for Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods, etc., to locate in the county, or is it a misplaced priority? I think the state of the schools is way more important, but I also think some of the stores aren’t locating in the county because of racism and the people deserve MUCH better. If you make $150,000 and live in a $600,000 home, yet the only retail establishments near your home are dollar stores, I think that’s bad. I think county residents have been disrespected, and even though National Habor is there, it seems like it was built for visitors with residents being a secondary concern. Maybe I’m just being cynical however.