Letters to the Editor: January 30, 2013

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Angle parking makes Canton look like a parking lot

To the Editor:

Having an “angle” has taken on a whole new meaning for Canton residents. For persons who have lived here for decades, some for a lifetime, they are now confronted with the unwanted prospect of angle parking.

There is (or was) a graceful symmetry to streets where oldest and newest architecture complemented the urban landscape. Now the streets are re-directed and will assume the look of a parking lot, ugly and anonymous.

Residents asked only for participation in a democratic process that allowed for petition and discussion before the city imposed this plan. Shame on elected/appointed officials who refused to listen and have savagely altered this historic, charming neighborhood.

Joan Grattan

Park building a good fit for seniors 

To the Editor:

I am an active member of the John Booth Senior Center, now located at 229 S Eaton St. I can’t help but wonder why our building is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and has other problems that could cause health problems—black mold, rodents, drafty area—to my fellow members and me,  especially since there is a building one mile away that would be perfect to house John Booth.

Now, I ask you, do you think that it’s fair that seniors have to be stuck in an environment that is not healthy? The building I speak of is the Casino building in Patterson Park, which once housed the Hooper Adult Day Care Program.

The only thing we need at the Hooper Center is15-20 parking permits that would allow us to park on the road around the Casino. We would occupy the building weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The people age 50 and up who live in the area of the park are missing the opportunity to join our center for fun and companionship and activities.

I was born raised in the Canton and I continue to be involved at the John Booth Center with relatives, family and friends for various activities.

Catherine Hanes

More courtesy from cyclists, please

To the Editor:

The article on bike paths in the January 23 edition of the Baltimore Guide was good. However, cyclists should be aware of their responsibilities in the streets.

While boarding a bus, I have been hit, and I have also had several near-misses in which cyclists, riding on the sidewalk, have approached from behind and have caused me to jump to the side.

I have seen cyclists go through red traffic lights, or just pause before running the light. Some do stop and wait, but very few.

It should be a courtesy for cyclists to signal their approach to someone on the sidewalk. Whatever happened to the bells that cyclists used to use?

Joseph J. Thomas

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