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Mayor Starts Talks About Alternate Side Parking Downtown

Without cars blocking the curbs, street sweepers could more effectively remove trash and debris.

City streets could be cleaner but parking could be trickier next year because Mayor Josh Cohen hopes to add street cleaning restrictions to parking in Ward One.

Street cleaning regulations also known as alternate side parking specify which side of the street people can park their cars on from day-to-day. Cohen said the point is to give street sweepers the ability to reach the curbs so they can remove debris and trash that's often blocked by parked cars.

"We’ve had a couple of causal conversations with Josh about it," said Joe Budge, president of the Ward One Residents Association. "We have indicated that we would be amenable to doing an experiment."

Alternate side parking is one idea in Cohen's larger plan for cleaning up the downtown area. On Tuesday, he unveiled the city's new street cleaning machine that's designed to dissolve gum. This summer, public works employees weeded streets, replaced pavers and repainted curbs and lampposts around downtown.

Budge and the mayor both think alternate side parking could make Annapolis cleaner if it's implemented properly.

"All the leaves and other crud that’s in the streets just stays there," Budge said. "Obviously you can’t do alternate sides of the street on every street every day, or it would just be pandemonium."

The restrictions would ideally only apply for certain hours during day and only affect certain streets on each day, Budge said.

Similar rules for street cleaning exist in a number of cities, including New York and Baltimore.

Juliet Thompson, who chairs the association's parking committee, will be the point person on the project as it moves forward. Budge said Thompson will work with the mayor and the city starting in 2013 to "see if we can figure out something that would work."

Doug Smith December 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I have family on Cornhill St (pictured), and fortunately, they have off-street parking. As anyone on that street can tell you, every time there's a decent rain, the street is washed clean. So, in this particular case, the city wants to make all of the residents park else where so they (the city) can waste money cleaning a street that doesn't need it? Hmmm...
Meem December 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
My one-way street, Dean, needs almost a weekly cleaning in the fall. Even the rains will not wash away the leaves; and it's a potential slip-and-fall hazard to walk on wet leaves. Also, since residents here battle finding parking nightly*, it would be helpful to post signs that state cleaning will take place in the afternoon, say 1:00-3:00. That way, residents are not fighting even harder for a parking space to claim a spot. *Please come and give out parking tickets!
Doug Smith December 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Earlier today I read about the city's new $6,000 plus ($17,000, if you include tax, S&H, parts, etc.) cleaning machine for getting gum off of the sidewalks. As a matter of curiosity, I took my cobbled together 2700 psi pressure washer (about $300 if you bought it new) down to Cornhill St to try it out on gum on the sidewalk. Want to know what happened? Of the three wads of gum (on brick) that I sprayed, ALL THREE disappeared in about 5 SECONDS (each). Was the $17,000 spent wisely? Not from where I'm standing! At the same time, I checked the gutters on both sides of the street; nice & clean (it did rain a few days ago)... On a one way (single travel lane) street that allows parking on one side, as soon as one car is shifted to the other side (for street cleaning or whatever), traffic can't get through! Doesn't sound very well thought out. Just sayin'...
Brian Barone December 13, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Are they absolutely crazy! Its bad enough that as residents we need to fight for spaces with everyone else, but you are going to eliminate 50% of the parking spaces and make me move my car every day? Where do you think those cars are going to dissapear to on alternate days? And what shall I do when we go on vacation? Should I pay to park in the parking garages or face a ticket for not moving my car? I walk to work every morning to sit on a bus for over an hour to get to work but I need my car to bring the kids to the dentist, doctor, go shopping etc. So is part of my daily routine to move my car at 5 am before I get on the bus to ride an hour into DC? Annapolis is a great place and that is why we live here, but amisdt all the parking drama they want to make it even harder for residents. Ward one residents assocaition thinks it might not be a bad idea?? Joe Budge, can we park at your house? The streets are not even close to needing to be swept every day. Are the streets so dirty here? You have got to be kidding. Ruin everyones living situation to sweep up some leaves in the fall. its called a broom folks if you need to sweep so bad, come clean with a broom. My god now I have heard it all. Someone with a bit of sense please run for mayor. Get a clue or get voted out.

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