Speak Out!

March 23, 2005

WE WANT YOUR OPINIONS

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has proposed an overhaul of parking policies that include increasing parking meter rates from 50 cents to $1 on all streets; allowing two hours of free parking at all three city garages; adding two ticket-writers to step up enforcement; and using new revenue to increase shuttle service between downtown and satellite parking lots at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Moyer said the city needs to do more to keep tourists from parking on residential streets. But some fear the new rules will create a perception of inaccessibility that will shift shoppers to nearby retailers with more expansive parking lots. And residents near the stadium worry about more drivers in their neighborhoods late at night.

YOUR VIEW

What do you think of the mayor's plan for addressing the parking shortage in downtown Annapolis? Tell us what you think by Thursday at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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