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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This Just In: Parking in S.F. Sucks -- And You're Paying Too Much

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:55 AM

But you could have parked much more cheaply around the corner...
  • But you could have parked much more cheaply around the corner...
A San Francisco-based company called Urban Mapping just released new data indicating that patience is more than a virtue: It's a great way to save money. While the city's most expensive lots for weekday parking charge $17.75 for the first hour (Nob Hill), a lot down the street charges $7.50 for the same hour, and another one still further down the street charges $2.

The data for all-day parking lots reveal even greater disparities: According to Urban Mapping, the priciest all day lot charges $54 (near the Ferry Building), whereas a lot 200 feet away charges less than half that for the same amount of time ($25 for the day) and a spot down the block charges only 11 bucks. In comparison, the most expensive all-day lot in New York City charges $73.50, according to Urban Mapping.

According to company representative Dean Fisk, the company collected

its data the old-fashioned way. It sent folks out to hit up all of the

lots in the top-50 metropolitan areas in the nation to find out the

best deals based on all sorts of variables -- including rate changes

and validations. He added that the data could potentially feed

applications on GPS devices or cell phones.

The Urban Mapping study brings up one of San Francisco's favorite environmental debates: is the city pro-car or anti-car?  All SF Weekly can say on the matter is that the city might want to avoid transportation options that include horse-drawn carriages.

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