A guide to Hyattsville

D.C.’s newest suburban dining and arts destination

It sounds like an urban planner’s grand experiment: Artists and young creatives are drawn to a community with cheap rents and studios. Cool restaurants and bars follow. Living in the neighborhood starts to become desirable for young professionals, who attract more basic shops and services to the area.

Similar cycles of hipsterization and gentrification have played out across the globe, from Brooklyn to Berlin. But in our own back yard, it’s official policy. The Gateway Arts District, hatched in the early 2000s to revitalize the Rhode Island Avenue NE corridor, spans the communities of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville. It includes public-private partnerships that offer below-market rents and studio space to artists, as well as standard units at market prices.

Is it working? So far, so good.