Mayor can support local business by cutting parking rates

I live in Otterbein. I believe in shopping locally. Rather than shopping at the big box stores in the suburbs where I would save money, I shop almost exclusively in the city. The mayor's office emphasizes the importance of Baltimore's "Main Streets." The Baltimore City Council encourages shopping downtown. Why, then, are the parking meter fees in Federal Hill so high? I pay $2 an hour to shop on Charles and Light Streets in Federal Hill. I often stay 90 minutes and therefore pay $3 or more just to park. When I shop in Hampden or Mount Washington, I pay 50 cents per hour.

I know the city earns needed money through the funds it collects from the meters. But I don't think that it earns enough to justify its discouragement of shopping in downtown residential areas. Our small businesses need to attract customers, especially during times when money is tight.

Elaine Romberg, Baltimore

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