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Allocated Parking

Spot allocated to you as you drive in
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For parking lots where it's difficult to find a space.

You are given a ticket when you enter that directs you to a specific spot. The computer has already checked that the space is clear that it's big enough for your car and that it's the most convenient space.

This systems eliminates:
Searching for a space
Fighting over a space
"WTF did I park the car?" syndrome
Valet parking woes

It also alleviates lining up for a space, because they can admit the next car before the previous car has left the lot exit.

A possible refinement: Parking abusers are clamped, towed or fined, but only after the computer system has automatically warned them as they leave the space.

FloridaManatee, Jun 28 2003

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       Many station parking lots on the commuter lines into NYC use this scheme. You buy a season pass, and you get a space allocated to you.   

       Seems like a reasonable thing to extend to transient parking.
DrCurry, Jun 29 2003

       jutta: honor systems prevail at many if not most US parking lots, usually enforced with the threat of tow trucks. So I think the advantages of assigned parking will outweigh the misbehavior of a few individuals.
DrCurry, Jun 30 2003

       <aside>Our first Fry's here in Seattle is set to open in the next week or two. A lot of people are excited about it. I guess I'll have to go see what the fuss is all about.</unaside>
bristolz, Jun 30 2003


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