When thinking about parking, especially parking in Chicago, most people either get bored or frustrated. Let’s be honest, it’s not necessarily a subject you talk about at the bar with your best friends (at least I hope not).
Parking spots are usually used for one thing and one thing only: to store a vehicle. But sometimes, people get creative and do other things with them. Like what??? The following may surprise you…
Other things you can do with parking spots besides park:
1.) Design Them:
Who said kids these days are getting less and less creative? You can’t argue with the creativity of one student who decided to mark her territory by painting her high school parking spot. She didn’t just paint it one solid color, though, she got clever and used Drake to her advantage. She played off of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape by painting “If you’re reading this, I’m late” on her parking space in the same font. Here spot went viral on social media.
Click here to check out the design! So cool!
2.) Use them to Create Awareness and Do Good
It’s often times frustrating to pull into a parking spot, later to see a sign in front of you that reads “Private Parking. Violators Will Be Towed,” or something of that nature. The small town of Warren, Ohio created even more parking spaces that you can’t park in, but for good reason. The Ohio town of just over 40,000 residents has created purple parking spaces that only wounded veterans can park in; wounded veterans who have earned a Purple Heart.
3.) Live in Them
This Google employee, Brandon, moved from Massachusetts to San Francisco and didn’t want to pay for overpriced housing in the Bay Area. Instead, he created a less expensive living situation. According to Business Insider, Brandon said the following, “”I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home,” he says. “It’s really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You’re essentially burning it — you’re not putting equity in anything and you’re not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile.”
4.) Sell Them
Have a parking spot you’re not always using? List it on the ParqEx platform and make easy money. ParqEx uses the sharing economy to help parking spot owners list their underutilized parking spots – from there, renters can buy your spot either daily, weekly or monthly. Not only are you making money, but you’re providing community members and visitors with available parking that wasn’t previously available. Make money and help the community? Hell yes. It’s a win-win scenario.
ParqEx is a technology company that connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking. We specialize in hard-to-park neighborhoods like West Loop Parking. In urban areas where parking demand is high but available options are scarce or expensive, ParqEx makes additional supply available to the driving public by listing exclusive inventory owned by local residents and businesses.
Using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income from an underutilized asset while renters get access to exclusive inventory in more convenient and hard-to-park locations. The ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is as smooth as possible for all involved.
ParqEx has also developed the revolutionary Access+ Technology. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Property managers and condo boards can simplify management and improve control of the garage.
Don’t have our parking app yet? Get it now @ParqEx on the App Store and Google Play!
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