Tag Archives: parking

It's wicked hahd to pahk your cah

I should have known it would not be long. Just last month I posted about the battle between the city of San Francisco and the app Monkey Parking, and now the kerfuffle has come East as Universal Hub reported today that Boston mayor Walsh is squaring off against Haystack, a parking space marketplace app not unlike Monkey…
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Now whose back is the parking monkey on?

What's interesting to me is that Monkey Parking has put a real number to how underpriced metered parking is, even in San Francisco where meters can cost as much as $6 per hour in some areas at some times. When you choose to drive around in circles looking for a parking space instead of just pulling into a paid lot or garage, you're valuing your time, fuel, and wear and tear on your car lower than the difference between parking meter and parking garage prices.

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When a bus stop stops being a bus stop

You may remember back in June when I reported that the MBTA was eliminating a couple of stops on the number 1 bus line, I wondered what would happen to the space freed up. Well, I've been watching those stops and seen no changes. Still no parking, still marked off, still signed as bus stops.…
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Bus stop, T woes, stop goes, speed grows

Via the estimable newsmachers at UniversalHub, a report that the MBTA is eliminating some stops on 15 of the busiest bus lines in the city this summer. The idea is that snipping out some redundant stops and refurbishing others will reduce end-to-end trip time and cut back on bunching. One of the stops to be…
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Free tree from a pocket park in a parking spot

In addition to National Poetry Month, April was also National Landscape Architecture Month. Who knew? Not I, that's who, at least not until the very last day of the month when I noticed that two parking spaces on Portland street had been converted into a temporary park on the sunny side of the street. I…
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The meter price is too damn low

Today was Bunker Hill Day, and therefore Boston parking meters were "off," meaning not that you could park all day for nothing, but rather that you could park for two hours at a time for nothing.  Parking was free but still time-limited.  I'm betting most motorists would have preferred to pay the going rate and…
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Can snooty waiters save independent cafes from iPads and city planners?

I went to check out the newish Dwelltime Coffeebar and Bakeshop in the newly-hopping Broadway zone of mid-Cambridge.  Whilst enjoying an americano, smooth and served with a glass of water like they do in civilized nations, and a whole wheat bacon scallion scone, not too large, crisp and savory, all for a bit more than…
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Five things I won't miss about Davis square

Change is the only constant, and soon I'll be spending a lot less time in Davis Square.  It's truly the Paris of Somerville and I'll miss it - except for these things: Chuggers: Maybe one day I'll have a minute for their cause (by which they mean a dollar, or several) but until then I…
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A random waddle

Sometimes I get excited about small things.  Some would say that's the point of this blog.  Others would say, "that's what she said."  Today's little fixation is the Random Redirect Wordpress Plugin by Matt Mullenweg. I have implemented it near the top of the sidebar with a version of Det. Harry Callahan's famous inquiry.  So…
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