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Bi-Monthly Newsletter | September 2017
Save the Date: Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting
Join us for the 2017 Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting to get an update on the organization and to elect 4 new at-large Board Members!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Elections and Program

WHERE: Motor House
120 W. North Ave
Baltimore, MD  21201

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

For at-large board member eligibility and voting details, visit our website.
Register for the Next Self Defense Series Class

Feel Safer & Be Empowered!

Only 2 classes left! 
Join us for a self defense class designed to give you tips, tools and tricks to help you feel safer and more confident. Attend the class that's closest to you!...

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
7:30pm - 9pm
YogaWorks Midtown
107 E Preston St
Baltimore, MD 21202
OCTOBER 18, 2017
7:30pm - 9pm
Carroll School of Dance
23 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
**Very limited space available**

All classes are  FREE  to attend by anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Midtown Baltimore  but registration is required .

The Self Defense Series is presented by Midtown Baltimore, in partnership with MRIA and Project Pneuma.

Partners:
 

Madison Park Community Cleanup
Join Midtown Baltimore and Berea Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 10th for the Madison Park Community Cleanup!

September 10, 2017
1pm - 4pm (volunteers should arrive at 12:45pm)

Meeting location: Berea Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church
1901 Madison Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Stacey Johnson at staceyj@midtowncommunity.org
ProjectSPACE Coming to Mount Vernon
FACT: 1/3 of cars in traffic have reached their destination, but are looking for parking.
If you own a car, you've been there. In Baltimore, like many other cities, it can take 10-20 minutes of driving around to find a parking space. This October, the Parking Authority of Baltimore (PABC) is making more space for all with the expansion of its successful ProjectSPACE initiative to Mount Vernon, in the area bordered by Mt. Royal Avenue (North), Guilford Avenue (East), Franklin Street (South), and Howard Street (West).
 
Starting in the Central Business District, ProjectSPACE launched in 2014 in partnership with the Mayor's Office on Disabilities to help ease Baltimore's parking problem by increasing the availability of parking for those with a disability and decreasing disability placard thefts.
 
Before ProjectSPACE launched, the city's policy of allowing free parking to vehicles displaying disability placards proved too tempting for some without disabilities to resist, leading to the widespread theft and abuse of these placards. By making parking meters accessible by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and requiring payment from all, even those with disability placards and license plates, the incentive to steal and abuse them was eliminated. This has freed up hundreds of on-street metered parking spaces in the areas where ProjectSPACE has launched -- the Central Business District (Phase 1), the Fells Point and Harbor East neighborhoods (Phase 2), and the Federal Hill neighborhood (Phase 3).
 
FACT: Before the launch of Phase 1, the average number of disability placards reported stolen to the Baltimore City Police Department was 23 per month. Since the launch, that average plummeted to just three.
 
In Phase 4 of ProjectSPACE, 40 parking spaces will be reserved on-street for vehicles displaying disability placards or tags. Each space will be equipped with a single-space parking meter that meets the newest ADA guidelines. Additionally, the card readers and coin drops of 75 multi-space EZ Park meters throughout Mount Vernon will be lowered to meet the most-current ADA standards. The meters will provide people with disabilities equal access to on-street metered parking. Meters that meet the ADA standards are marked with the universal accessibility logo. Payment will be required once Phase 4 launches in October 2017 at all accessible meters. The cost to park will be the same for everyone, including those using a disability placard or tags. As in previously launched Phases 1, 2, and 3 all time limits for on-street parking spaces within the area will increase to four hours to give people with disabilities additional time to get to and from their destination.
 
The Parking Authority of Baltimore is optimistic that phase 4 will leave a positive impact on the Mount Vernon community while supporting all residents and those visiting Baltimore! "Project SPACE has been successful in the Central Business District, Harbor East, Fells Point and Federal Hill, increasing the number of available parking spaces by nearly 20% on some blocks, and decreasing the number of disability placards stolen in Baltimore City by over 85%," said Executive Director Peter Little, "We expect to see similar results in Mount Vernon."
 
To learn more about ProjectSPACE, visit the Parking Authority of Baltimore's website here: www.morespace4all.com.
Upcoming Events
  • September 10 - Madison Park Community Cleanup 
  • September 12 - Self Defense Series class - Mount Vernon [MORE INFO]
  • September 23 - Mount Vernon Tree Planting
  • October 4 - Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting [MORE INFO]
  • October 14 - Mount Vernon Tree Planting
  • October 18 - Self Defense Series class - Charles North [MORE INFO]
  • November 18 - Bolton Hill Tree Planting
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The Midtown Community Benefits District is a citizen-run neighborhood advocacy and improvement group authorized by law in 1996 to provide security and sanitation services along with promotional activities for four communities: Bolton Hill, Charles North, Madison Park and Mount Vernon/Belvedere. Its efforts are funded by a taxpayer-approved property tax surcharge. Midtown was created by voter referendum in an effort to make our neighborhoods stronger, better places to live and work

 

Michelle Wirzberger, Esq. , Executive Director
Midtown Community Benefits District 
410 528-1512
410 468-0129 Fax