That’s the money quote in this article about an on line reservation system startup in Boston. Read the article here:
Its the same story – Some very bright fellow didn’t like to look for a parking space and decided to throw technology at the problem. "I have to go look for a parking space." Why? The reason is that the person didn’t want to PAY for a parking space so they were looking for a FREE or CHEAP space.
If the price of on street parking on Boston, or other cities was set high enough, there would be plenty of parking.
The folks complaining and or telling warm and cuddly stories about camping in their cars so they can move their car one second after the "alternate side" timeout hits seem to think their time is free. The deal with all these people who move their cars is that they are moving them to free, or relatively inexpensive on street spaces in Manhattan. That is, spaces that are less expensive than the $16 dollar a day spaces in parking garages. Yes, if you get a $500 a month space in a parking garage, the cost is $16.66 a day.
My guess is that if all persons parking in NYC had to pay $20 a day to park their cars on street, the problem would simply go away. Those that could afford it would park in garages, others that could afford more would park on street, and the rest would find alternate places to put their cars.
Can someone in Manhattan explain to me why it makes sense to buy a car for say $350 a month? Then pay Say $150 a month for insurance, an additional $25 for license, Say $50 for maintenance, $100 for gas, and then expect to park it for FREE? (My numbers are probably low for NYC.)
I’m just not that familiar with the culture in NY.
Please explain this. In my many travels to New York, it seemed to me that a car was just a mill stone. Your wonderful city is built so you don’t need cars.