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5 Worst Cities for Parking

Philadelphia ($303.63)

Comparatively speaking, Philadelphia comes in at just over $300 a month, a bargain compared to its northerly neighbors on the East Coast. However, at 10 bucks a day, the city of brotherly love probably has no love for their local parking garages.

Seattle ($294)

Perpetually overcast Seattle isn’t the type of city where you’d want to be caught out in the rain waiting for a bus, which might be one reason why this city’s parking rates are so high.

Park Smarter

While there isn’t a whole lot you can do about the price of parking, you can be a whole lot smarter about how you park. There are now plenty of smart phone apps dedicated to finding you a space, some of which actually tap into an elaborate network of technology, and others that provide you with crowd-sourced advice to find the best spot.

The  SFpark program was funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and uses an array of sensors to keep track of open spots in San Francisco, monitoring 18,500 spots in total.

Parker also taps into a network of sensors in a handful of large cities, however, many users complain that coverage is currently pretty limited.

While not every city has a sophisticated real-time parking network just yet, there are plenty of other great apps out there to help you out, like BestParking, which is like Yelp for parking spots, giving you a map marked with prices so that you can find the cheapest lot.

There are also plenty of helpful city-specific parking apps, or do a search online to find the best one for your area.

Adam Verwymeren writes for Networx. Get home & garden ideas like this on Networx.

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4:42AM PDT on May 4, 2012

This makes me glad I have a driveway to park on!!

7:05PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Where are all the places in Europe for example?

7:03PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Where are all the places in Europe for example?

4:20PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

I once thoughtlessly said yes to having lunch with an old friend who was passing through San Francisco. I innocently jumped in my car, allowed three quarters of an hour to get there and spent almost the whole of our lunch time frantically looking for somewhere to park! My friend was very annoyed and upset that I was so late and almost went back to her hotel feeling "stood up". I will never forget that embarrassing day. The SF opera house is fine because there is expensive underground parking within easy walking distance - but if you are not familiar with where you are going, think twice or do extensive research on Google for parking lots. (And take lots and lots of cash!)

6:20AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

thanks for the info

3:02AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thanks for great article!

4:13PM PST on Mar 5, 2012


1:02PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Happy to live in a smaller area.

9:47AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Grazie delle informazioni

9:35AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Interesting list but unfortunately public transportation is not good in those cities!

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