Late Friday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she is vetoing a bill that would have brought permit parking to Hampden. In a statement, SRB called the proposal “permanent and disruptive.”
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Being able to park for free, slightly closer than everyone else has long been one of the perks awarded to disabled drivers. This seems fair; it’s hard enough to get around town when all your limbs are in working order, after all. But Baltimore’s handicapped drivers are losing one of their benefits: As of today all drivers, even those with the handicapped placard, will have to pay for parking.
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This morning, the Baltimore Sun has a big article on a new app developed by a 24-year-old Canton man. Haystack aims to help beleaguered Baltimore drivers find parking spots by allowing users to alert each other to open parking spots. Why Haystack? Because “anyone from Canton, Fells Point or Federal Hill knows that finding parking can be like finding a needle in a haystack.”
Of course, Haystack developer Eric Meyer doesn’t expect people to engage out of the goodness of their hearts. If you find a parking spot using Haystack, you pay $3; if you leave a spot that someone else takes, you get $2.25. Haystack pockets the remaining 75 cents.
Not everyone is excited about Meyer’s app, which he describes as “kind of like Uber meets Tindr,” and which he predicts “could be big for Baltimore and really help solve a major problem.”
This guy is everything that’s wrong with South/East Baltimore. I hope he fails miserably. http://t.co/BlV4tjyz6a
— The Baltimore Chop (@ThBaltimoreChop) May 27, 2014
The app should be available for both Android and iOS systems as of this evening.
Right now, a handicapped placard earns a driver the right to park anywhere in Baltimore City free of charge. Problem is, that deal has made the placards very attractive to thieves. In fact, around 2,000 were stolen in 2012. So the city is switching things up.
Under the new plan, 200 parking spaces in the city will be designated handicapped-only (with more spaces being so designated over the next 18 months), and motorists who use those spots will have to pay a meter.
It certainly sounds like a better deal for handicapped drivers — in that, you know, they may now actually have a shot at parking close to their destination.
Some non-handicapped drivers are clutching their chests at the prospect. But I think everything is going to be OK.
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Here’s a conundrum: biking to work (or wherever else you have to go) is awesome, but sometimes bikes get stolen. I once had someone steal my beloved bike from in front of Penn Station, even though I’d used what I thought was a really tough lock.
The city’s new Controlled Access Bicycle Parking might’ve solved that problem. The parking lot at 510 E. Lexington Street (between Saratoga & Gay Streets) now has a special room earmarked for bicycles. Lock your bike to the rack and rest easy knowing that there’s a garage manager on patrol, and that the room is accessible only to those with an access card.