Pier 6 parking garage would only worsen city's traffic...


May 14, 2001

Pier 6 parking garage would only worsen city's traffic woes

The proposed Pier 6 garage between Scarlett Place and the Columbus Center raises many questions ("750 E. Pratt tower could lead to something very big indeed" May 6). And it seems irresponsible to waste such prime property near the harbor on a concrete parking garage.

The Sun's article states that more parking is needed. If so, why is the current surface lot of 220 spaces just 30 percent to 40 percent full daily?

And why bring more traffic to an already gridlocked area? It takes the surface lot one to two hours to clear after events and residents are irritated by the honking horns of frustrated motorists. It is hard to imagine the noise and frustration of 640 vehicles attempting to leave.

As taxpayers, we are being asked to pay more to the city. As taxpayers, we are asking the Baltimore Development Corp. to pay more attention to the needs of residents, not developers.

Susan Shawver


The views of the Inner Harbor and the city are absolutely incredible from our home in Scarlett Place. You can imagine our concern over a proposed parking garage to be built between our home and the Columbus Center.

In 1997, a survey indicated Baltimore needed 3,615 more parking spaces. If you add up all of the new parking spaces proposed in our area, exclusive of the Pier 6 garage, there are more than 6,000 spaces.

Improved mass transit is the solution to the problem, not more parking spaces.

William C. Coogan


Neighborhood still opposes Calvert School's expansion

Residents of Tuscany-Canterbury have voted again to affirm our opposition to the proposed expansion of Calvert School and to authorize the Tuscany-Canterbury Neighborhood Association (TCNA) board to work with Mayor Martin O'Malley and the City Council toward that end.

These actions were taken at the TCNA's May 7 meeting and the vote against the school's expansion was overwhelming.

The third such vote in seven months, this should put to rest uncertainty over the weight of pro and anti-Calvert sentiment in the neighborhood.

This will probably surprise The Sun's readers, though, as recent Sun coverage has focused almost exclusively on the proposed financial settlement between Calvert School and the residents of the apartment complex at 4300 N. Charles St. ("Calvert School to pay tenants," May 8).

Karl Alexander


Limits on crabbing protect watermen's future catch

The writer of "Restrictions on crabbing are unfair to watermen" (letters, May 5) is naive to think that a few reasonable restrictions will leave watermen destitute.

On the contrary, supply and demand will keep them working -- until they exhaust the supply. The minor restrictions imposed by the governor only reduce their total catch an estimated 6 percent. Recreational crabbers have been restricted for years. There is no limit on how many crabs a commercial crabber may keep.

Not to blame watermen for the decline in crabs is ludicrous. With an estimated 2 million crab pots taking crabs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and trotliners using up to 8,000 feet of baited line six days a week, the poor blue crab hardly stands a chance.

Without restrictions, commercial crabbers would put themselves out of business by taking every crab from the water.

Jeffery S. Jakelski


Life in prison would make McVeigh really suffer

Timothy McVeigh is getting off easy. Far better a quick, painless death than life in the living hell of a prison.

If McVeigh had been sentenced to life in prison, he would soon be forgotten. As it is, he will be a martyr and a hero to the lunatic fringe and the date of his death will be commemorated in violence annually (remember that McVeigh's act was itself such a commemoration).

If you want this arrogant villain to really suffer, lock him up and throw away the key. His fellow inmates would take care of the punishment.

Lee Blom


Car sting probe merits little ink

Two things are evident from the continuing coverage of the city police Col. James L. Hawkins' car sting ("Norris sting probe grows," May 5): That the story is not newsworthy and that someone has it in for Colonel Hawkins.

Fee Hughes


Why just ban dogs when kids cause violence, too?

The Sun is right to support a ban on pit bulls. They can be extremely dangerous when raised by careless or mean people ("Time to ban pit bulls," editorial, May 7). But we should take the next logical step and ban children, too. After all, they, too, can maim and kill if not raised properly.

Dozens and dozens are killed in the city every year by children under 18. Others are surely killed by pit bulls.

Our streets will be safer if we ban both.

John Irvine


It wasn't the Confederacy that brought us slavery

The letter "Evil of Nazis, Confederates really wasn't the same" (May 8) alleges falsely that "The Confederacy enslaved a race of people."

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