Langley Park, Maryland

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Langley Park is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in the Washington, D.C. metro area.[1] It is located inside the Capital Beltway, on the northwest edge of Prince George's County, Maryland, bordering Montgomery County, Maryland.

The "International Corridor," a commercial zone along University Boulevard at the southern end of Langley Park, is close to the University of Maryland, College Park, Silver Spring, Takoma Park. It is included in the Prince George's County Enterprise Zone. Many of the shops and restaurants along the International Corridor represent the community's multiethnic heritages, from Central America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and many other parts of the world.

Two transit station locations in the proposed Purple Line are being planned to serve Langley Park. One is at the Montgomery/Prince George's county line, at New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard ("Takoma/Langley Crossroads"), recently named the most dangerous intersection in Maryland for pedestrians. The danger is due to crossings of these six-lane routes mid-block at curbside bus stops.

The other is at Riggs Road and University Boulevard. The current bus system issues more transfers at these two intersections than at any other Prince George's County location not yet served by a Metro station.

The multi-cultural diversity of the International Corridor area has attracted the attention of the State of Maryland, the University of Maryland, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (COG), Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning (M-NCPPC), Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, and national think tanks such as the Brookings Institution. Community assets identified by these and other stakeholders include a large concentration or clustering of international restaurants, grocery stores, nightclubs, retail stores, and micro-enterprises, all of which help to define the unique character of the neighborhood. Additionally, a number of community groups have formed to represent a broad range of community interests. Many of these community groups focus on the unique social issues of the area, particularly as they relate to the stock of rental housing, youth, health, immigration, jobs, pedestrian and bicycle safety, transit, business development, and community economic development.

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