There has been a lot of talk about the new parking app Haystack, which allows residents of Canton, Fells Point and Federal Hill to connect with others who are looking for or leaving a parking spot. Personally, I think the idea is genius, not sure I completely agree being able to charge for the spot… but there have definitely been times where I was so fed up with driving around that I would have happily paid $3 for a spot.
Anyway, hearing all about this Baltimore-based app made me look into what other apps might be useful to Baltimoreans, and here’s what I found:
The ciruclator is FREE! We should all be using it so we don’t have to use apps like HayStack to find parking. There are a number of routes and this app lists all of them, plus the next pickup time, bus stops nearby, etc. If you live in the city this is definitely a good one to have in your phone.
I’m not sure why this app has such a low rating, but I find it really useful. You can access most of the same content you get on their website, plus you can set it up to send you alerts for breaking news.
As much as I hate to admit it, Baltimore can be a very dangerous city. SpotCrime accesses your location to tell you about crime in your area. The app's icons indicate assaults, robberies, arson, shootings, etc. based on police reports. The information doesn’t appear to be real-time, but if you’re not very familiar with the city, it can be a good indicator of areas where you need to be extra cautious.
Same great City Paper content, in an app. Need I say more?
I’m a huge fan of WTMD radio, and with this app you can listen to it nonstop, for free. In my experience, WTMD is one of only a handful of stations that actually features Baltimore musicians, which I really appreciate. If you have eclectic taste in music, definitely check out WTMD, whether it’s via app or radio.
Sorry to those of you who think it’s wrong to charge for a parking spot, but this idea is genius. I can’t imagine it will be long before the city has something to say about people profiting from selling public parking spaces. We shall see… but for now, I’m thankful to have this as a back up when I’m trying to find parking on weeknights around 7 p.m.
What other Baltimore iPhone apps are out there? Comment below.
All icons are courtesy of iTunes app store.