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Palatial Mt. Vernon Mansion: Double Wide Lot, Garden and Parking, too

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Hot House: 4 East Madison Street, Baltimore, 21202

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american land titleFederal period brick home, circa 1845. 13,272 sq. ft., in good condition. Ten bedrooms, 12 baths over three stories, with commercial kitchen, currently operating as a B&B.  Marble fireplaces and hardwood floors throughout, original mahogany carvings, large cobblestone side garden. Parking for 11 + cars: $1,995,000

Patterson Park Paving Plan Draws Community Ire

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Patterson Park Paving Plan Draws Community Ire

Have you ever tried to park around Patterson Park? It’s hardly worth it. Even if you’re coming from Roland Park, you might as well walk; it’ll probably take you just as long as circling the block 1,000 times to find a legal space. Last week, city officials presented a new Patterson Park Parking Study, which proposed paving over enough space to add nearly 100 new parking spots to the park. But now some neighborhood residents are crying foul, saying that the new plan will just eliminate green space and bring more cars to one of Baltimore’s favorite two- and four-legged recreation areas.

Baltimore No Longer Number One on My Personal List of Least Favorite Parking Cities!

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Wanna hear about my first world problem?

I love Philadelphia. The music and poetry scenes, the food, the people: all great. Great, great, great! But their parking signs are downright devious. I know I complained recently about Baltimore’s Muni-Meters. I take it back. Philadelphia’s are far worse.

Last night a friend and I drove to Philadelphia for a poetry reading. And we hunted for parking. (I know — this part of the story is boring, just wait!) We found a three-hour spot and parked. We came back to the car and found a parking ticket. Gasp! Unbeknownst to us, we were in a pay spot!

The sign we parked at was very similar to, but not exactly like, the sign pictured above — there was no handicap parking, so the information on the left took up the majority of the sign.

Now, you might look at this sign and say, “But Bob, it says you have to pay right at the bottom.” Well to you I would say, I didn’t read all the way to the bottom. I stopped at “3 HOUR PARKING / 4- 10 PM / MON – FRI!” I assumed that stupid writing at the stupid bottom said something like, “PHILADELPHIA PARKING AUTHORITY” or “GO EAGLES!” or “BE SURE TO TRY A CHEESESTEAK WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN.” (And by the way, the perspective on this photograph exaggerates the relative size of those words.)

Where I’m from, we don’t pack a filibuster-length list of information on a sign and then hide the most important bit at the end. We just write “PAY TO PARK!”

Should Baltimoreans Start Selling Their Leftover Parking Time?

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I love traditional parking meters. There’s always a chance that there will be time on them when you pull in. If you put too little change in to begin with, you just add a couple coins and the extra time gets tacked on the end. They’re also located right next to your parking spot.

For those same reasons, I hate Muni-Meters. They frequently malfunction. They might be any given distance from where you’re parked. But what’s terribly annoying is that you might leave your spot with useless leftover time.

New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg recently signed a new law that allows the leftover time on Muni-Meter receipts to count toward public parking anywhere else in the city (with equal or lower parking rates).

Certainly, it seems like a similar rule would be appropriate in Baltimore. Why not apply the time to another parking spot? On the other hand if, as some predict, the law will create a secondary market for parking time, with motorists selling their half-used receipts at a discount, it would eliminate one of the few unsolicited acts of charity I regularly witness in Baltimore.

Food Trucks Prevail!

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The city and the food truckers yesterday reached an agreement that includes parking restrictions and clearly displayed permits for the trucks as well as food zones between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. Here are the food zone locations:

• The 500 block of St. Paul Place and St. Paul Street, on the east side of the street — one space at each location, for a total of two trucks.

• The 1900 block of East Monument Street, on the south side of the street — one truck at this location.

• The 500 block of Baltimore Street, on the south side of the street — one truck at this location.

• The 300 block of South Charles Street, on the west side of the street — one truck at this location.

• The 500 block of East Fayette Street, on the north side of the street — three trucks at this location.

Food truck operators will also be allowed to diverge from those five locations as long as they follow all other regulations, including staying away from restaurants and displaying the proper parking permit.

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