Suitland

Diego Aleman, Rebecca Jacobs, and Sara Phillips



The Metro stop opened up on January 13, 2001, linking Suitland to the rest of the DC Metro Area more easily. The website of the Census Bureau even goes so far as to state that “Census Bureau employees had their own long-awaited Metro stop at the Suitland Station” – demonstrating very little regard for the use of the public transportation for the actual residents of the neighborhood (Gauthier Histo).

Since that point, the Suitland Metro Stop has become a focal point of further development for the Suitland Federal Center. They received funding in order to continue expanding and improving the resources of the Federal Center. This extended to the Federal Center continued receiving federal funding so that in 2003, The Suitland Federal Center Child Development Center – a daycare for the children of the Census Bureau employees and other Suitland Federal Center employees, was opened (Gauthier Histo). Furthermore, in 2005, the NOAA Satellite Operations Facilities Building was completed (Gauthier Histo). Finally, and most visibly the new Census Bureau headquarters building was completed in 2007 (Gauthier Histo).

As far as changes in the neighborhood for the actual residents of the space, there has been major developmental shift. While full “development” has yet to reach this neighborhood in full visible force, there have been some trends to suggest it is heading that way. As of 2005, the local elementary school was updated and opened to the public (Klein 2005). It stands out in stark contrast to the older houses that surround it, even ten years later, as a sign of potential growth for the community. Additionally, the “Buy Suitland” Program was developed and implemented in 2012 to make it easier for homebuyers, specifically first time homebuyers, to buy in Suitland, thus revitalizing the neighborhood with a new economic influx (Zapotosky 2012). The plan falls under the larger umbrella of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, which targets 6 areas including Suitland in Prince George’s County for economic and social revitalization (Zapotosky 2012). The goal, according to the Prince George’s County website, is to enact a whole host of positive changes over the long term – using the developmental models like U Street and 14th Street (Brown 2013). Essentially, they hope by bringing in new sources of money, that Suitland can be revitalized with a stronger flow of capital into the neighborhood.