Boston Ready to Kill Baltimore Parking App Haystack

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HaystackEver since the Baltimore-designed parking app Haystack expanded into Boston, the city has been in an uproar. Now the Boston city council appears ready to squash Haystack — which, depending on which side you’re on, either leases public property for private gain or else merely incentivizes the sharing of information.

Haystack CEO and Canton resident Eric Meyer got downright prophetic in his statement to Boston officials, saying a ban on the app would “send an ominous message to innovators across the city and across the country.”

Council Timothy McCarthy of Hyde Park attempted to knock Meyer off his cloud. “This is not about information sharing; this is about cash,” he said. “So when you talk about God’s work and helping the city address its parking problems, put that to rest.”

According to the Boston Globe, Meyer didn’t find one councilor in support of the app. So it would appear that the ordinance, which explicitly prohibits the kind of private transaction regarding public property that Haystack facilitates is likely to pass next Wednesday.


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  1. When will Baltimore do the same thing? I imagine that we have a similar ordinance on the books. If Meyer was giving something back to our city, I wouldn’t object as much.

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