I have always had a lot of respect for Cooper Marcus and his Spark Parking – they are starting to roll out their system in Northern California — however that, too is another story. He was talking about parking reservations. He said that it was neat, but that he felt it was a "solution in search of a problem."
I have been saying this for years but not quite as eloquently. How often have you been unable to find a parking space, really. How many lots and garages are regularly marked as "full." I never have.
When I’m in a town and looking for an address I find the address then look around for parking. I usually find a space either on or off street with a couple of minutes if not seconds. Why would I want to be forced to park in a certain lot I had reserved days earlier when a closer, cheaper, more convenient spot might be available when I arrive.
OK Airports fill up two or three days a year. Its hard to get a spot at the mall on the Day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. But to set up a complex reservation program for these couple of days or issues is attempting to use technology to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.