Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.
We realize that Southie is in the midst of a parking crisis but we had not idea just how bad it is or how much worse it’s gonna get! According to a Boston Globe article written by Beth Healy, Boston – in particular South Boston – is losing records amounts of spots.
From the article:
One large landowner in the Seaport, the Massachusetts Port Authority, offers a startling estimate of the changes afoot: Roughly three years ago, there were 6,000 spaces in surface parking lots in the South Boston neighborhood. Three years from now, there will be just 750.
Yikes! Another disheartening fact from this article is that City Hall really has no accurate idea of how many parking spots there are in the city. The last official count was done in 1998 with a report released in 2003. Currently, a new initiative to get an accurate count is underway. A collaboration between A Better City – a transportation non-profit representing the business communities interests – and the City of Boston, along with an $80,000 grant from the Barr Foundation, will begin a tally of parking spaces.
The insightful article goes onto list reasons why there is so much confusion and lack of knowledge on what is actually our parking situation. From a rapid new development taking away surface parking in Fort Point and the waterfront to inaccurate inventory practices in garages/lots, the totals of parking spots are currently a big giant mess.
So how will this affect further into the neighborhood of South Boston, we’re guessing more and more parking frustration – sort of the ripple effect. So what do we do about this? Start walking or riding a bike? Maybe our suggestion of angled parking could help us out? https://caughtinsouthie.com/news-politics/boom-marty-just-solved-parking-crisis-southie