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What's wrong with Brookline?

Hammond Residential is offering a deeded parking space for only $55,000. It's in a nice lot, well lit, plowed in the winter and all, but, gosh, why is it so much cheaper than spaces in Back Bay and Beacon Hill - especially since "This is the ONLY PARKING FOR SALE IN BROOKLINE?" Makes you wonder what else is wrong with the town.

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Appears a place to park without being attacked by crazed birds goes for a premium.

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if you'd ever gotten in the way of a little old lady with a shopping cart in the narrow-aisled Star Market near Washington Square. They are pitiless creatures without souls, never mind patience, and they own this town.

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Isn't the need for parking there based on a ban on overnight parking? Which could be removed at some point in the future (although there are plenty of people who profit from renting spaces who will stop that from happening).

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Sure, you could add some parking spaces on the street, but it's actually not that many (space-wise, the curb-side is inefficient).

And then in a few years the residents would start fighting with each other over the curb side spaces and acting as if they personally owned the street.

Better off with the ban. If you want a parking space, pay for it just like any other piece of land, instead of looking for a handout.

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Parking on the street is looking for a handout? The citizen own the streets, my friend. You're quite the jerk.

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Not just the ones who have cars.

Yes, that is an issue. Considering the costs of parking, free parking - aka space used for cars that is public property - is a subsidy to those who own and drive cars from those who do not. Not only that, but the costs of administering that parking are paid by drivers and non-drivers alike.

Simple. Very freaking simple.

But, hey, using your logic, I should be able to go dig up a part of a public park and plant a vegetable garden or just fence it off for my own use, right? It is public after all, and I'm a member of the public, right? Right?

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Cars parked on the curbside provides a buffer for pedestrians from the traffic. It also narrows the street so that cars go slower. It's considered good urbanism and is a terrific use of public space, lessening the need for ugly and pedestrian unfriendly off street surface lots and garages.

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Wouldn't people setting up patios have the same effect? What about raised bed gardens?

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Sure, the cars can stay. But as a citizen who owns the streets, I would just like to charge a market price for the use of that space.

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Megan's high and mighty act is pretty typical of the parking entitled. They're more than happy to lecture about how our tax dollars should go to provide their free parking, instead of much more worthy causes. But suggest that they should pay for their own land use, in the usual way, to manage demand and prevent shortages? Never!

And that's not all; after they get their "free parking" they will turn around and backstab you by protesting against any new housing development -- on the grounds that they don't want any more competition coming for "their" free parking spaces.

Sickening. They are willing to raise housing prices on everyone in order to subsidize their "free parking."

As for the parking buffer idea, I know where you're coming from, but I have to disagree partially. It's a good workaround for a bad situation where people are driving too fast; but the real problem is that people are driving too fast. You should address that directly where it is reasonable, by designing the roads to lower speeds and at smaller widths. Instead, we see designers show up and build roads extra wide in order to add room for "parking lanes." It's planning to fail, from the very beginning.

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Sorry Matthew, I dont own a car.

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If I'm reading the map correctly, it's near BU and there might be more renters than owners in that area. I lived in Brookline for a couple of years and rented a spot at my apartment. This is which is what most people I know in Brookline who don't own condos or houses with parking spots do.

Also, it's not in a garage. That kind of sucks. Sure, the lot gets plowed. The guy plows the snow right up to your car which you have to shovel out (I'm assuming).

Just a couple of guesses.

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But it's fine for Hammond Residential to advertise the listing. Here's what the listing looks like on my site, Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC. I recently enabled comments on the listings advertised so you can discuss but please don't say really nasty things about these properties unless what you're saying is true. Oh, and the owner of the parking spot is also the listing broker.

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Um, not sure where you got the idea that $55,000 is less than in Beacon Hill or Back bay where spaces can cost up to $300,000.

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