Thursday, February 28, 2008

Parking Garage

This type of outdoor parking garage is quite common in the city where space is a premium. To maximize the number of cars stored in the area, there are elevated parking spaces that are meant for longer term parking while short term parking are located on the street level.

So how many cars do you have? What kind of car do you drive?

18 comments:

Chris said...

These parking lots always have amazed me. I guess you pay monthly, no? Or annually? Expensive?

Cars: We have 2 - Mine's a MINI Cooper. After 15 years in an SUV, I love the small car.

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

But... You haven't said anything about the most important thing: how much $$$$ per hour/day.

alexander said...

This is an interesting photo. Please forgive my ignorance, but how do the cars get up there? Is it done automatically via an elevator?

Alexander
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oldmanlincoln said...

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to getting cars in and out but I think they are put in automatically by part of the system. Imagine a forklift. Is that the way it is done?

Peter said...

Living in the middle of Paris, I'm SO happy not to have ANY car anymore! Life is so much easier!

delightful-d said...

How do they park their cars? In Minneapolis I paid $2.50 per hour (after work hours) to park. Some parking ramps in Minneapolis are circular and make me very dizzy while finding a parking spot. In my opinion, leaving the spot is just like riding a roller coaster.
We have two vehicles. A pick-up for hubby and I drive a Honda Van.

Changes in the wind said...

Never have seen anything like this...amazing.

Ming the Merciless said...

I don't have a car either so I never parked at a garage like this.

But I think those elevator like parking spaces work exactly like an elevator. Drive the car parked at the bottom out of the space and press a button. The 2nd level space will descend to the ground level. Ditto for the 3rd and 4th level.

Per Stromsjo said...

Ha, that's something to make me appreciate our parking facilities... I used to spend my days without a driver's license until quite recently, nowadays I can be spotted driving a Toyota Prius. If I were living in the inner city I certainly wouldn't want to own a car. After all, we've got fabulous public transportation which I already paid for over the tax bill.

Isadora said...

This looks like one of those 'elevator' garages - no? looks tightly packed for driving. I do have a very old Skoda parked in front of the house for trips to the country. I simply do not drive in the city - drivers are aggressive and rude then there is a parking problem when you get to your destination. This way my car simply gets covered with dust, doors dented by drivers who had money for a vehicle but not for driving lessons, only one mirror (driver's side), heat works in the summer, 2(60) AC in the summer (for those unfamiliar with the system, roll down two windows and drive with 60).

marley said...

I'd never seen anything like this until my trip to NYC. Thanks for posting :)

Anonymous said...

WHOA! How do the cars in the upper levels make it down? An elevator system?

We have five cars, an excursion,an explorer, an escape, a focus, and a Beamer.

Anonymous said...

One car. 2000 Mazda Millenia.

alice said...

We do the same in Brittany but...with boats!
Two cars, an old Toyota and a Volvo.

Rose said...

That is an excellent picture. I wish I could take photos like that!

Keropok Man said...

some singapore carparks are like that too!

i dun drive. i go to work in a Mercedes or Volvo (buses). :-)

Lynette said...

I saw a smaller version of this sort of parking down in New Orleans when I took my two then little boys to the World's Fair--I think it was 1984.

Anonymous said...

I park there twice a week. It's closing in on $400 a month to park, or $32 per day. How do they take cars out? One by one. They move a car out of the lower tier, move the tier down by one, move the next car out, move the tier down, etc. It stinks if you're in a hurry and your car is up on top.