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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bidding on parking spaces

It's getting to the point where technology is getting to ahead of itself and things that seem like a good idea are not seen that way by the authorities. For instance Uberx and Lyft, the grass roots car services are being hassled in cities around the country including Miami. And now there's a new app in San Francisco that allows you to buy left over street parking. "Monkey Parking" works on the iphone sort of like an auction. 

I'm not sure how much money you can make as how much parking is usually left over on a meter but apparently people don't care and they'll bid as high as $20 to get a spot since parking is so hard to find (this would work in the Grove). What you do is alert someone that you are leaving a space and if they want the space, they should get there fast and be prepared to pay up.

It is being seen as being the middle man to illegal transactions since the middle guy does not actually own the parking. 

MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny says that the app is just providing information.

Next up is AirBnb, the home away from home rental company. I have used AirBnb more than once. Love it. But many cities are trying to crack down on this.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who came up with the great idea to close the parking space at the post office half the week and lock the gates and technically impound unsuspecting cars parked in the space overnight. The space was available to park all this time until recently apparently. Miami Parking Authority and Sarnoff's BID put their heads together again? Two nights ago a very frail elderly lady was begging a security guard to open the gate so she could drive home, the security guard in all fairness tried to get a post office employee to open the gate but she was told to catch a taxi and go back next morning at 8:30am.

July 03, 2014 10:27 AM  
Anonymous AM said...

So, theoretically....If I'm a hustler...I can head down to Commodore Plaza (downtown coconut grove) on 4th of July morning and put my money in all the meters, effectively taking up all the parking. Then I can sell the "time remaining" on my spots at a higher rate.

Even better, I'll sub-lease my spot to you by the hour, at a small premium of course.

Or, maybe....As there will be little supply (I now occupy all the spaces) and high demand. I can demand a new parking rate or add a flat "convenience fee" for parking on Commodore, or a $1 "security fee" for me to watch your car. I could add a menu of services like $5 and I'll park your car for you. Maybe sell bottles of water for $2. Umbrella service, $5.

This model would work in Brickell, Downtown, Coral Gables and South Miami...and as this is a cash business, and no receipts, I could forgo paying taxes or get a business license.

Wow! Can you imagine what I could make during a Heat game!

I wonder why local governments are not be happy with this type of app?

July 03, 2014 10:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

I remember years ago, some shady guys would come up to you as you parked on Commodore and they would offer to "watch your car" for $5. In other words, "pay me if you want your car in one piece when you return." Glad that's a thing of the past.

July 03, 2014 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, theoretically....If I'm a hustler...I can head down to Commodore Plaza (downtown coconut grove) on 4th of July morning and put my money in all the meters, effectively taking up all the parking. Then I can sell the "time remaining" on my spots at a higher rate. "

That's not how it works at all. You need to be physically occupying the parking spots with a vehicle. So technically you can hustle, you just need a bunch of cars and alternate spaces to park those cars. Its just not as easy as you tried to make it out to be.

July 03, 2014 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I come up with a lot of money making ideas, which I research intensely. Most fall apart or once I learn how to make them happen the enthusiasm wanes, but I've learned a lot, which is okay. So I enjoy reading about these two new taxi companies and this parking scam. Good luck all you folks who work through these concepts.

July 03, 2014 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, theoretically....If I'm a hustler" like Miami Parking Authority.........

July 03, 2014 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parking should be FREE plain and simple.what the hell is happening to miami and the grove.next we will have to pay for the air we breath also.

July 03, 2014 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:06: Be careful what words U utter. There is a world wide movement "to pay for the air we breath". Parking was once free. Fishing was once free. Drinking water was once free. Cutting down a few local trees was once free to build a home. Sleeping in caves was a given & some still do, as was beach combing and sailing from here to wherever. Filling scuba tanks was once free on NW 2'd Ave., but now you have to pay up to take classes to learn how to dive [safely & properly, according to the RULES"] and now the only people who seem to die while scuba diving are the ones that think they know how to dive and end up drowning - - - - everyone will have to pay for fresh air or else! The U.N. is mulling this pay for fresh air concept, the same folks that brought us the carbon exchange concept. Jobie Steppe

July 05, 2014 11:29 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

There was a report put out recently that suggested that free parking was not in fact conducive to local areas. They argued that it caused an increase in traffic, less turnover in stores (because people would just leave their cars all day and block new customers from cycling in), and overall not as beneficial to the citizens as you would think. By associating a "cost" with parking, you're placing more value in it. Also higher parking costs push more people to public transit (a good thing).

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/pat-garofalo/2014/04/11/how-cheap-and-free-parking-is-screwing-up-cities

July 09, 2014 8:54 AM  

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