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Commuter Parking: 1937

Commuter Parking: 1937

November 1937. "School at Greenbelt, Maryland." Notable for being an early planned community, one of three "Green-" towns midwifed by the Depression-era Resettlement Administration. 35mm negative by John Vachon. View full size.

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Tag sale

If this was a tag sale these items would be gone so fast it'd make your head swim!

Something's wrong here

Door propped wide open
No guard at the door
No hall monitor
No metal detector
No graffiti on the brickwork
and >gasp!< that faucet still has a knob on it!

Little Red Wagon

That little red wagon reminds me of the similar wagons we had in my nursery school yard back about 1952. We'd get on them with one knee in the wagon, and our hands controlling the handle in front, and we'd zip ourselves along with our other foot on the ground, more or less like a scooter. We really clipped along! I'll bet that's what that wagon was use for, (as opposed to being pulled with something in it).


I lived in Greenbelt from 1948 to 1951 (14x Hillside Rd). It was the most walkable and safe environment you could ask for. But it was also African-Americans allowed. Had they been permitted to live there when I did, it still would have been a wonderful place to live, and I am sure they would have been welcomed. After all, in 1948, Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby were already playing in the Major Leagues and Truman had already integrated the armed forces.


I agree with Sugapea. My husband and I both graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 (College Park is just down the street from Greenbelt). He had 3 locked bikes stolen before he just gave up.


A bit down at the heels today, but still a very pleasant place. Opponents of government "interference" in relentless growth should have a look at Greenbelt and then another local community like Bladensburg or Laurel.

mode of transport

Today, kids only come to school by S.U.V.


Oh, the Old Days

Wish the kids now days knew the joy of coming out after school and finding your "unlocked" bike still standing exactly were you left it, unmolested.

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