ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two parking meters installed in downtown Annapolis to collect spare change for the homeless have collected nearly $2,000.

Data released last week shows the meters have collected $1,905 since they were installed three years ago on West and Randall streets. Mayor Josh Cohen says the meters are an easy way for people to help others in need, and that the money supports the Light House shelter.

However, Bevin Buchheister, president of the Ward One Residents Association, calls the meters “visual clutter” and wants them  removed. He says they only bring in an average of $60 a month, which the city could raise with a single event.

Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, also says the meters interrupt the personal experience of giving.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Doug says:

    And they come falling,

    falling from the sky like rain,
    clogging up your basement drain.
    Misfits and black sheep.
    Sons of mothers.
    Friends of brothers.

    I see more homeless all the time.
    What went wrong,I sometimes wonder.

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