Boston bans Baltimore parking app Haystack - Baltimore


Aug. 21, 2014 11:38 am

Boston bans Baltimore parking app Haystack

Boston City Council voted on Wednesday to ban companies from selling public parking spots. No word from the Parking Authority of Baltimore City on the app's status here.

Haystack allows users to find and offer on-street parking spaces.

(Screenshot via Haystack)

Weeks after launching in Boston, Baltimore-based Haystack has found its app persona non grata there.

The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to bar companies from leasing publicly owned parking spaces, the Boston Business Journal reports. Haystack, which launched in Baltimore in June, allows users to buy and sell time in on-street parking spaces.

Eric Meyer, Haystack’s CEO, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. However, when the app launched, he contended in an interview with Baltimore that his app was not actually selling parking spaces.

“Haystack does not sell any parking at all,” Meyer said at the time. “Haystack simply facilitates an exchange of information between neighbors.”

Boston isn’t the first city to come down on apps like Meyer’s. In June, San Francisco banned MonkeyParking from operating there, Entrepreneur magazine reported at the time.

Peter Little, executive director of the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, did not respond to requests for comment on the app’s status in Baltimore.

Tyler Waldman

Tyler Waldman is a contributor for Baltimore. A Towson University graduate and former local editor for, Tyler has also written and photographed for publications including the Baltimore Brew, Howard County Times and Towson Times. He lives in Charles Village.

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  • Where’s the Beef?

    Eric, it is amazing that you keep accepting municipalities’ construct of the argument. It is NOT renting or allowing someone to use a public space, it is the exchange of knowledge between users to know IF AND WHEN the user is willing to MOVE THEIR CAR. It is about personal communication period. Has nothing to do with parking spaces, blah blah. Tweak the app just ever so slightly to also allow people to obey parking laws (alternate side parking in NYC) and you have a platform that stands on 1st amendment rights, not the right to a parking space. Where were your lawyers? This is incredulous.



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