Cranes in the sky.
Cranes in the sky.

Since Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation that would have brought permit parking to Hampden, progress toward The Rotunda continues in the sky, and on the ground.

With no permit parking signs coming and the new development likely to bring more cars, a retirement community located on the other side of W. 40th St. from The Rotunda is attempting to bring some parking relief. The community recently introduced two Zipcars. RPP, which is a nonprofit, partnered with the shared car service to lower the number of cars in the area.

RPP tried to bring the service to its residents “years ago,” but were denied because of Zipcar’s age limits and rules that Zipcars must be parked on city property, President Terry Snyder said. The company has since lifted their age cap of 75, and allowed cars to be parked on private property, Snyder said.

“With Zipcar and car sharing, we are able to offer a group of older adults at RPP a service typically only utilized by a millennial generation and we can’t wait to show our community that Zipcar, as they say, is for all ages,” Snyder said in a statement.

Over at the Rotunda itself, work continues to bring the organic grocery store, shops, condos and other amenities, to the area. Recently, a giant crane was recently removed from the site. Hampden’s own George L. Peters Jr., a commercial imaging specialist, shot a time-lapse video of the crane as it came back to Earth.

YouTube video

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.