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Downtown Baltimore parking rates to be set based on demand for spots

Downtown Baltimore parking rates to be set based on demand for spots

How much you pay to park on some downtown Baltimore streets soon will depend on how much other people also want to park there.

By the end of the month, the city plans to join the growing number of municipalities using demand for parking spots to set their prices, tweaking rates twice a year in an effort to ensure there is generally a spot or two free on every block.

The current $2 hourly rate will climb 25 cents on the busiest blocks and fall 25 cents on blocks where people don’t like to park as much. New prices will go into effect every 6 months.

Prices will be capped at $5 an hour — a level that couldn’t be reached until 2023 — and parking could become free on blocks...

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