Canton-Based Haystack Parking App Is Dead

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While Boston city officials were getting their ire up over the Canton-developed parking app Haystack — they eventually banned its use — their Baltimore counterparts opted for a wait-and-see approach. City Councilman James B. Kraft explained it like this: “[W]e think it’s going to die an actual death, so at this point we’re letting it go. If it becomes more of a problem we’ll deal with it.”

The only thing more cutting than hearing Kraft’s dismissive words has got to be watching them come true. The app — which allows users to buy and sell public parking spaces — is no longer operating. In an email to Baltimore Business Journal, Haystack CEO Eric Meyer explained that “[b]attling backwards-thinking governments and trying to teach them how to embrace new transportation technology, while an honorable mission, is not a sustainable business model.”

On his way out, Meyer praised Baltimore’s tentative tolerance of the app. “We were really moved by Baltimore’s support of Haystack,” he wrote, “especially when compared to less progressive city governments which took preemptive actions to immediately stop our service before it could start.”

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