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big brother parking coming to a city near you! - Accretions

Fata Morgana
2008-04-23 19:34
big brother parking coming to a city near you!
On NPR today, I heard about a San Francisco initiative, slated to roll out in pilot form this fall, to make it easier to find a parking space in the city and to mitigate traffic flow problems caused by people circling endlessly. From what they described, there were three main aspects of the program:
  • Small sensors in every parking space can tell you, via mobile phone, where there are free parking spaces. (Cue the mad rush of five cars to the one just-vacated space.)
  • Meters can be paid by phone (and I assume by other means as well), and can be topped up remotely. (Of course, the meter monitors will also know exactly when your meter expires and can greatly increase their ticket-giving efficiency.)
  • And the price of the meter can change to match demand. The commentator mentioned that in another city that has been trying this, parking spots went up to $18/hour next to a stadium during game-time.
I'm very interested to see what happens with this as a social experiment. Will it facilitate better flow of cars (and buses -- yay bus efficiency!)? Will it reduce the number of people driving to the city? Will it be the parking equivalent of so-called "Lexus Lanes"? I am a bit worried about the seeming reliance on mobile phones for the project, and about the usual problem of lower-income people being hit harder by increased meter costs, and about the proclivity for sensors to fail (how much redundancy will there be?), but perhaps these concerns are already being addressed -- it's hard to tell from a five-minute NPR slot. :~) I look forward to learning more about it, though the name of the program, "Park SF," doesn't seem to bring up anything relevant in searches yet.

In other news, I type this with two kittens in my lap. And ... I should get back to work.
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2008-04-24 03:29 (UTC)
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They've been trying very hard to pass congestion-pricing legistation in New York, basically subjecting most of Manhattan below 86th Street to a fee to enter throughout the day. Needless to say, many people are up in arms about it, and it hasn't made it out of Albany, but I definitely support it if it reduces traffic and encourages more people to use public transportation. I have *never* lived in a city where it can easily take an hour, by bus, just to go 2 miles across town during peak hours.

I'm still irked at the convenience with which the San Francisco could potentially change parking rates, as well as using what could likely turn out to be a very insecure method of electronic payment.

You should post pictures of your new kittens!
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2008-04-24 04:34 (UTC)
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Possibly the pilot project from Streetline.
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2008-04-24 05:32 (UTC)
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#2 already exists in West Portal. I'm not sure if it's anywhere else too.
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"..I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...": laughing man
2008-04-24 09:29 (UTC)
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picture_keywordlaughing man
the easiest thing they can do, is encourage a round -the-clock city like ny. the problem with SF is everyone does everything the same time, and this is made worse by technology. Someone twittrs about a good restaurant so 600,000 people have to try to get there for lunch tomorrow, leaving totally empty parking lots and restaurants in other parts of the city.

If anything, this place needs less technology.. New York solved the issue in the Pre-internet age of muxing 6 million people into a small space, SF can't seem to deal with having a surge of bridge traffic. So sad, really.
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2008-04-24 14:02 (UTC)
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Friends don't let friends take crosstown buses. I only visit Manhattan occasionally and even I have a deep seated aversion to those creepers. When I did try them, I usually ended up getting off halfway there or after the second death threat to the driver, whichever came first. The only time one ever came through for me was coming from LGA to the Harlem Metro North station during an offpeak hour - but that was only really only a few blocks crosstown on Manhattan, the bus did have to be shutoff and restarted 6 times, and we had a couple nuns on board for luck.

(This should be in reply to lbchewie, but the last couple tries just stuck it on the end of the list. Let's see if this third time is the charm...)
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2008-04-24 19:12 (UTC)
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Leora: squirrel
2008-04-26 07:32 (UTC)
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Related to your other news... oh hai I upgraided ur kitteh.

(edited because I'd rather edit the comment than make the wrong URL work)

Edited at 2008-04-26 07:33 am (UTC)
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