December 7, 2010
Downtown should not only go green, it should be the center of a vibrant city-wide open space network. In suggesting Baltimore should have a leading edge central park that connects surrounding neighborhoods and business areas, Tom Wilcox ("Downtown should go green," Dec. 7) has acknowledged the elephant in the room. The recreation of downtown has greatly improved the economic health of the city. Now it's time to make it an exciting, cheerful and physically healthy place to work, live, visit and play.
September 17, 2008
What grounded the last downtown shuttle in Baltimore wasn't too few riders. It was an insufficient funding source. Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration has decided to put a fleet of shuttles back on the street and pay for them through parking taxes. Commuters and tourists will have to pay slightly more to park at area garages and lots, but the free daily shuttle should provide a quicker, less harried way to get from midtown to the Inner Harbor and across to East Baltimore. The real payoff should come in energy savings and reduced traffic.
September 7, 2003
The city of Annapolis will break ground Wednesday on a 268-space parking garage in downtown, a project that Mayor Ellen O. Moyer calls "a significant milestone in the renaissance of West Street." The five-deck Knighton garage will be at Colonial Avenue and West Street, just blocks from the State Capitol. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. The facility will become the third municipal garage in the city, along with Gott's Court and Noah Hillman garages. Moyer said the parking garage will help revitalize West Street and ease the parking shortage near downtown.
May 6, 2003
Meters serve those who need to park quickly As executive director of the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, I am writing in response to The Sun's editorial on the need for additional short-term parking in the downtown area ("Short-term parking woes," May 2). Within the central business district, we have 1,429 on-street parking meters, which are meant for customers visiting the retail businesses and those who only need to park for a short period of time. Unfortunately, many others also use these meters, and this is why rates were increased to deter those parkers from feeding the meters and parking all day. We actively manage these meters to provide a supply of immediate, short-term parking in the downtown area.
May 2, 2003
THE CITY COUNCIL'S tentative decision to increase parking fines to up to $40 may indeed produce $5 million for the badly depleted municipal coffers. But it fails to address the real issue: a desperate shortage of short-term parking, particularly in the Inner Harbor area. The City Council ought to mandate municipal traffic planners, the Parking Authority and the Downtown Partnership to come up with quick and innovative ways to create more one-hour metered parking downtown. "If you just need to run in somewhere to pick up something, it's very, very difficult to find a space," acknowledges Downtown Partnership's Michele Whelley.
March 23, 2003
The "early-bird special" is back. In hiding for years, the discount parking rate for early risers can be found again in downtown Baltimore - a sign that garages are having trouble filling spaces and that the parking crisis bemoaned by businesses is over. One new parking garage opened last month, another will open next month, and three more will be ready by the end of the year. They will bring 3,500 new spaces to downtown and provide more parking than ever before. "There are vacancies everywhere," said Chris Sherman, general manager for Central Parking System, the city's largest garage operator.