In suburban Washington, residents in Prince George’s County, Maryland has seen the Capital Centre, where the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) played become the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, an open-air shopping center. Today, it’s blossoming into Downtown Largo.
Instead of the "Cap" Centre or the Magic Johnson Theater (AMC Theatres), the anchor for Downtown Largo is the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center (UMCRMC). During a tour organized by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which advocates for walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented communities, about 30 residents from throughout Metro Washington learned about current and future development for the area.
In addition to being a last stop on the Washington Metro Blue Line, downtown Largo will also become the home of retailers and restaurants, and housing, in an attempt to bypass the issues that saw the demise of the Boulevard. However, its anchor has its own challenges, including those that plague other medical centers serving majority Black communities.
The new hospital, in a growing, suburban middle-class district, replaces the Prince George’s Medical Center that was located near the stable, but more challenged Prince George’s and Washington, DC border. With a new location and expanded services, the UMCRMC hopes to attract more people coming through its front doors than though its emergency room doors. Even with a new name and location, the center remains the second busiest trauma center in Maryland, second only to Baltimore City.