Spring launch planned for ProjectSPACE

Program seeks to curb disability placard abuse

Ursula V. Battle | 2/7/2014, noon
A new parking program aimed at creating more on street parking availability by curbing the abuse of handicap hangtags is ...
The Parking Authority of Baltimore City has been installing parking meters over the last nine years that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. (Above) This vehicle in Baltimore displays a disability placard. According to statistics, nearly 2,000 placards are stolen from vehicles in Baltimore City every year.

— Wood added, “People with disabilities are looking for equal opportunities. They shouldn’t have to circle the block and see an athletic looking individual jump out of an SUV who has illegally parked in their space. ProjectSPACE will help curtail this issue and also make it easier for them to go about their business and be independent. That’s very important to them. They also want to pay their fair share, get the services that they want, and have equal access to the neighborhoods they want to visit.”

According to Little, Phase 1 of the ProjectSPACE program will include the following boundaries: Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to the West; President St. to the East; Franklin St. to the North and South; and a combination of streets between Conway St. and Key Hwy.

“After that, we will expand to other neighborhoods, which will include Harbor East, Federal Hill, Mt. Vernon, Fells Point and then it will go beyond that to other areas,” said Little. “Those with disabilities are a strong and growing constituency. They are customers too and are major contributors to the life and economy of Baltimore, so it’s important to accommodate them. Ultimately, as a result of this program, we will see more parking available for everyone to use.”