Friday, November 20, 2015

Letter to Baltimore City

Friday, November 20, 2015
To Whom It May Concern:

I am a resident of Baltimore County, and I have been an employee in Fell's Point for nearly a decade. Five days a week, I commute approximately twenty miles from Middle River to work in the city, and then twenty miles back. I have a few concerns regarding the parking situation in Fell's Point. Over the last ten years I, and many residents/coworkers, have noticed a staggering increase in residents leading to a severe lack of street parking during the day. A couple points:

  1. The Uber office on Wolfe Street has created a very chaotic situation for any driver on Fell/Wolfe Street. Uber drivers/applicants take up a very large amount of street parking, legally and illegally. They often park in the middle of the street and block intersections. What can we do to organize this situation?
  2. It is not possible for employees of Fell's Point to purchase parking permits, and we do not understand why. We drive to the city to work. We create business. We bring in tourism. Then, we go home. It is not conducive to any regular employee's situation to stop working every two hours to move their vehicle in order to dodge any number of parking fines, ranging from $32 to $100+. If the city of Baltimore would allow us to park, without penalty, I'm sure the majority would willingly pay for a proper Area 16 parking permit.
  3. The Five-Way intersection at Thames/Ann/Fell Streets is a nightmare. Ever since the two stop signs were mounted on Thames Street a few years ago, the amount of people honking and nearly colliding has been unthinkable. Why do we need the stop signs on Thames Street when it has worked fine as a through street for ages? We had no problems when people only had to come to a complete stop on Ann and Fell.

This may not seem like an issue to you, but it has been getting more and more difficult over the years for all of us. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Emmanuel Z. Karabetis

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