Friday, August 22, 2014

Gee, Doesn't this Sound Familiar?

More great news from the land I escaped...

Boston Puts Brakes On Haystack Parking App
A new app that allows people to find parking spaces in Boston is being shut down in response to a vote by the city council.

A new ordinance outlaws services that allow people to sell or save public parking spaces.
Got that? The app helped people find parking spaces, so what was the response from Boston? BAN IT. Smell that? It smells like Massachusetts. It gets better, though:
“They are dealing in hypotheticals. We’ve had no reported issues. We’ve heard this rhetoric, ‘There’s going to be blood in the streets,’ and that hasn’t happened. We’ve had over 1,000 successful transactions, and we haven’t seen any of that.”
Ah, yes, blood in the streets. We've never heard that prediction before. Ever. And even if we had, it certainly came true, right?

It's pretty interesting, really. Parking in Boston has a long, storied history of defying the powers-that-be in MA in that the market rules. "Saving" spaces, parking spaces near Fenway being sold for $50 - $100, and now this app. It's rather humorous that the Boston City Council felt so strongly about Boston drivers being able to pay money to get a parking spot that they declared it illegal.

I mean, go figure. Parking sucks ass. Folks have figured out that they can make a buck "selling" their space through this app. Obviously there's a market for it, as the app works. Naturally, this being the Volksrepublik of Massachusetts, the response from the city of Boston was to... ban the app. Because in MA, whatever isn't mandatory is prohibited.

Blood in the streets over parking spaces. Glad to see that little chestnut hasn't gone away despite being completely unproven...

That is all.

8 comments:

libertyman said...

There's an app that matches people with rides in private cars, bypassing the taxi system. I am sure they will ban that next. If I am not mistaken, the number of taxi licenses has not increased in Boston since the 30s.

I wonder how they would enforce these ordinances?

Jay, I left Massachusetts 26 years ago, and would not live there for love nor money.

dustydog said...

Football is king in Texas, and College Station is home to Texas A&M University. Parking on game day is always crazy.

One day, a guy near the stadium was having cars park on the grass in front of his house. Pull all the way up. You'll have to wait until the people behind you are gone to get your car out, $5. He filled the entire front yard with cars, made about $1000. Punchline: it wasn't his house.

Anonymous said...

I wonder just how wet the politicians wanted their beaks in order to leave this app alone.

Stretch said...

Capitalism?!?
In Massachusetts?
St. Teddy of Hyannis Port would NOT approve.

Roy said...

I'm sure Boston is like every other city run by the Donks. The policy is that good parking (and traffic flow) must be stamped out wherever it's found.

Harry Flashman said...

Well, like Heinlein said, you only have to follow the laws that make sense to you, and you can ignore the rest.

armedlaughing said...

Wasn't The American Revolution begun in Massachusetts?

gfa

Murphy's Law said...

So out of curiosity, what happens when I'm driving along and see a parking spot on a public street after considerable searching, only to have some joker run up and tell me that I have to pay him to park there because he's "saved" it? I'm thinking that's not going to go well.