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Meters Parking is not a public good

July 4, 2014

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Market Urbanism : Urbanism for Capitalists | Capitalism for Urbanists

Writers at Salon, Slate, and Time have criticized new San Francisco-based apps that allow users to purchase access to a parking spot as another driver is leaving it. The apps MonkeyParking, Sweetch, and ParkModo provide a platform for drivers to let others know when they’re leaving a spot, and reserve the spot until the another user bidding on the spot arrives to pull in. As of last week, the future of these apps is unknown since San Francisco issued a cease and desist order based on the city’s rule against auctioning or leasing public parking spots. All three writers express outrage that the apps’ creators and users are profiting off of government-owned parking spots. At Salon, Andrew Leonard writes: “Monkey Parking’s solution intended to generate profit off of a public good by rewarding those who are able to pay — and shutting out the less affluent.”… (more)

Privatization of public property and attitudes on the sharing economy. When is it really sharing?

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  1. July 4, 2014 2:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Meter Madness.

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