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.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:
A new ordinance outlaws services that allow people to sell or save public parking spaces.
“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.