Permit Parking Could Come to Hampden

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Permit Parking sign in Bolton Hill.
Permit Parking sign in Bolton Hill.

With a booming restaurant scene and the annual Christmas miracle, Hampden is used to congestion. With a new shopping center proposed, the neighborhood may be hitting peak parking. But whether permit parking is the answer is a matter of much debate.

The much-discussed Rotunda would include a MOM’s Organic Market, more than 300 apartments, more restaurants and a movie theater. According to the Baltimore Sun, the development was the impetus City Council gave initial approval to permit parking in the area of the shopping center. If the plan is approved, visitors to the area would be limited to two hours in the permit zone, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Residents in the Rotunda area may want to make way for space to leave their car, but plenty of opponents remain. More than 1,000 people signed a MoveOn.org petition opposing the permit parking proposal. They argue that the permitted zones will push people deeper into the neighborhood, and only make the permit parking worse.

“The expansion of RPP will only add to our neighborhood’s parking issues, creating preferential parking areas on public streets for some area residents, while taking the right to public on street parking away from others, and discriminating against homeowners and business alike,” the petition states.

The legislation needs another City Council vote for final passage, which could come as soon as next week. To dig in, check out the full listing at the City Council’s website.

 



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