Many of you may not know but SPOT headquarters is right in the heart of Boston’s innovation district, part of the redevelopment of the waterfront area. As this area continues to grow (it seems they’re building something new just outside our windows every day!) the one thing missing is, as always in our city, parking.
The problem doesn’t lie with the development of the area; those developments are a reflection of a healthier economy and growth in many sectors of our community, however these developments need somewhere to go. Conservative estimates places the number of parking spaces lost in the Seaport area at around 3,000 in the past handful of years and though plans such as those for Infra-Space 1 show signs of multi-purpose parking facilities in the near future, it does very little to quell the issues currently facing Boston residents.
At no point during normal business hours would anyone living here consider it “wise” to try and find street parking as you’ll likely be stuck looking for half an hour and be running out to feed the meter all afternoon. That leaves you with private lots and garages but according to a Boston Globe report last month, even that is becoming surprisingly challenging.
“In recent days, in addition to Post Office Square, the 75 State Street lot, also central to downtown, was turning away all but monthly parkers. In the Back Bay, the Dartmouth Street Garage, once a less costly alternative to hotel lots, is often fully subscribed. Motorists hoping to park in the Prudential building garage often drive in an underground maze on the hunt for a rare open spot. Even the large garage under the Boston Common, with 1,362 spots — convenient to Beacon Hill, and to residents and tourists alike — must often turn away drivers seeking a space.”
So what are we to do?
Well we don’t want to sound like the guys who know something you don’t or anything but there are over 35,000 parking spaces in and around Boston that are privately owned by apartment renters, home-owners or small businesses. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was some way to access those? Maybe something that put some money into the pockets of average Bostonians, small businesses and non-profits? Maybe something easy and simple that you could use anywhere, like a smartphone app? Huh. I wonder why no one’s thought of that yet…