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December 14, 2012
Mt. Vernon completely lacks adequate parking for residents. Every night around 6 p.m., due to lack of residential parking, I park at a meter on Charles Street. And every morning I get up at 7:45 a.m. to move my car from the metered spot to a residential spot - unless, of course, there are no residential spots available, which is often. The parking enforcement officers rarely ticket anyone who parks in the residential areas for more than two hours, but they aggressively ticket meters in the morning between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. I know this because I just put my residential parking permit on my car last week.
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February 25, 2014
I found your article "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility" (Feb. 19) ridiculous. Unless we have all moved to mother Russia, this is a capitalistic society where people reap the benefits of their labor. To think that a person can spend hours shoveling out a spot and then be willing the have the next person who did no shoveling take that space that they worked hard clearing is ridiculous. If a non-shoveling person takes your spot, where are you supposed to park?
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Letter to The Aegis | May 9, 2013
Editor: The Harford County out-station of the Elkton Vet Center was closed for renovations from April 15 - 25. In order to continue our services to veterans, Readjustment Counseling Services detailed a mobile vet center to Harford County. Mobile vet centers are larger RV's outfitted as counseling offices. They are used to bring counseling and referral services to veterans who live in rural areas and to veterans in areas hit by disaster. They are also used in parades or for other outreach activities.
NEWS
February 22, 2014
Regarding letter writer David Kulick's comment on shoveling out parking spaces after a snowstorm, one has to ask what fairy-tale world he lives on ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). When a 77-year-old man spends three hours digging his car out of the snow on the one-way street where he has lived for 20 years in order to drive to the drugstore to pick up a needed prescription, he's entitled to have a parking space on returning. Good, civic-minded neighbors recognize that to barge into a parking space someone else has cleared is the antithesis of mutual civic duty.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 9, 2010
When it snows in Baltimore, it isn't long before traffic cones, plastic chairs, lawn chairs, even a bar stool or two appear, as residents lay claim to curbside parking spaces they've labored to clear. Among the space holders spotted this week: a pair of walkers on Harford Road north of 25th Street, beach chairs in Rodgers Forge and a dining room chair in Hampden. The long-standing local practice is guaranteed to provoke snide comments and even threats. Some think it only fair, others think it the height of selfishness.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | February 18, 2010
It's time to move the chairs. Nine days after back-to-back snowstorms buried Baltimore, neighborhoods still resemble a yard sale after a hurricane -- littered with not only chairs but with bar stools and ottomans, kitty litter containers and potted plants, Formica tables and ironing boards -- put down by weary residents claiming title to the public parking spaces they had spent hours shoveling. But now, the new mayor's magnanimous gesture of not enforcing the illegal claiming of public space is over.
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By This article was reported and written by Sun staff writers Peter Hermann, John Rivera and Katherine Richards | April 21, 1994
The Washington Redskins claim they need barely half the parking spaces required by law for their 78,600 seat stadium at Laurel.Team officials ended months of speculation yesterday by filing a zoning application in Anne Arundel County with requests for several variances from local regulations. Most of them were routine, but the request for only 20,000 parking spaces instead of the 39,000 the county requires could create the most problems for the team.Walter Lynch, the Redskins project manager, said they do not need so much parking because they want to encourage fans to car-pool or ride buses or trains to the game.
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By Rona Hirsch | December 11, 1991
The problem of parking your car at The Mall in Columbia during the busy holiday shopping season has reached new heights.On any weekend from now until Dec. 22 from noon to 4 p.m., you can drive to The Mall and be greeted by a 10-foot-talltoy wooden soldier or clown eager to point out available spaces. And for those who, after a long afternoon of shopping, can't rememberwhere they parked, the towering toys will graciously help locate themissing car."It's our way of greeting customers and readily assisting them in pointing out available parking places, a way of helpingcustomers get through a stressful time," said Suellen Weisberg, community events coordinator for the mall.
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By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1999
The Westminster Common Council voted unanimously last night to issue $780,000 in bonds to help finance a planned parking garage at the former Farmers Supply Co. site at Liberty and Green streets.Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. is developing the property into a $6 million office and retail complex, which would include 2 1/2 stories of parking -- 203 spaces -- and three levels of office space.The city has committed up to $1.5 million in funding for the garage.The redevelopment of the Farmers Supply site fits into a decade-long effort to revitalize the central business district.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2001
Newly sworn Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has launched an effort to open the abandoned parking garage at the just-vacated Anne Arundel Medical Center site downtown in time to ease the parking crunch of the coming legislative session. Yesterday, her third day in office, Moyer appointed an Annapolis lawyer to explore an arrangement with the hospital to reopen the 330-space parking garage and a lot, which closed when the hospital relocated Sunday. Moyer also plans to introduce a city council resolution that would lift zoning restrictions against public use of the facility.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
The best word to describe letter writer David Kulick's argument against people leaving chairs in freshly shoveled parking spaces is "unbelievable" ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). It is a time-honored urban tradition to mark your space with a chair. How anyone would not react angrily to an individual acting as a "squatter" in a space someone else has dug out is simply beyond comprehension. It is a blatant act of incivility and disrespect to park in a spot after someone has expended hours of effort to remove the snow and clear the space.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
If letter writer David Kulick truly wishes to defend the social contract ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 20), then my retort is thus: The chair in the road is just a social contract. I plowed, therefore, you do not park. To both foster some mutual humanity in this instance and to not simply allow people to go around freeloading off the hard work of others, let's modify the contract. If you have plowed a space, here or elsewhere, you may park in a plowed spot.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Were there really almost 2,000 thefts of handicapped placards from vehicles in Baltimore in 2012? Who are all these people stealing placards from the disabled ( "City to reserve hundreds of parking spaces for disabled," Feb. 1)? If there's a Hell, I hope there's an especially warm and toasty section reserved for these deeply disturbed folks. By the way, to those who shudder at the thought of forthcoming parking challenges created by the change in parking policy, I'd trade my placard in any day and park a mile away from everywhere I need to go for the rest of my life if I could lose the MS-related disability.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
The number of coveted parking spaces available to the able-bodied on crowded downtown streets is about to shrink as Baltimore begins reserving metered spots for disabled drivers. Earmarking 200 metered spaces in the central business district is the first step in an 18-month plan to reserve 10 percent of spaces citywide. Officials hatched the plan to accommodate disabled drivers and combat the theft of handicapped placards — which until now have let drivers park anywhere in the city for free and have been a favorite target of thieves.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 9, 2013
Editor: The Harford County out-station of the Elkton Vet Center was closed for renovations from April 15 - 25. In order to continue our services to veterans, Readjustment Counseling Services detailed a mobile vet center to Harford County. Mobile vet centers are larger RV's outfitted as counseling offices. They are used to bring counseling and referral services to veterans who live in rural areas and to veterans in areas hit by disaster. They are also used in parades or for other outreach activities.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
In the off-season, Ocean City often adds some new feature for tourists: a miniature golf course perhaps, a seafood restaurant or maybe a bar that caters to the beachgoing crowd. But here's a possible addition that might not be so welcome - parking meters north of 10 t h Street. On Friday, the Ocean City Council is expected to be briefed on a proposal to create a whopping 4,800 paid parking spaces. The most ambitious version of the plan would require visitors to pay for parking at any space along the streets on the Atlantic Ocean side of Coastal Highway from 10 t h Street to the Delaware line.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1998
A Hampstead pizza shop owner agreed to move a large metal trash container away from a neighbor's bedroom window and make other changes after his amended site plan was questioned by the town's planning and zoning commission last night.Michael Illiano, owner of J&P Pizza at Main Street and Ralph Avenue, told the commission that he would have the trash container and fence screening hiding it moved to the rear of the restaurant.The restaurant recently expanded when it took over space occupied by a convenience store.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2002
In a city with one of the nation's worst air pollution problems and a state where the governor is trying to double mass transit use, Baltimore and its businesses are working overtime to make room for more cars downtown with more than 7,000 new parking spaces in the works or being discussed. Other cities confronted with traffic congestion are taking an opposite route: incentives for those who leave their cars behind. But in Baltimore, the prevailing philosophy on parking seems to be build it and they will come.
NEWS
December 14, 2012
Mt. Vernon completely lacks adequate parking for residents. Every night around 6 p.m., due to lack of residential parking, I park at a meter on Charles Street. And every morning I get up at 7:45 a.m. to move my car from the metered spot to a residential spot - unless, of course, there are no residential spots available, which is often. The parking enforcement officers rarely ticket anyone who parks in the residential areas for more than two hours, but they aggressively ticket meters in the morning between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. I know this because I just put my residential parking permit on my car last week.
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