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Patterson Park wouldn't need parking spaces if Baltimore had better transit

The controversy over a proposed parking lot in Baltimore City's Patterson Park shows once again that there is something profoundly wrong with our collective dependency on cars ("Residents irate at proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19).

The alleged need for additional parking is a consequence of past decisions to destroy a viable public transportation system. While that decision was made long ago, we are doing little to change its continuing legacy.

Building more parking capacity only sustains the problem, in addition to the environmental damage it will bring about. The real solution — to this and many other needs — is to build a usable public transportation system that everyone will want to use.

David Kantor, Baltimore

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