Ann Arbor Area Community News
If you haven’t already noticed, parking is a popular topic of conversation in Ann Arbor.
In addition to talking about parking, there are people in Ann Arbor who are creating ways to better understand parking availability in the downtown. Let’s call them A2 Parking Geeks.
Any A2 Parking Geek already knows about the real time parking data on the DDA website. This data shows you the number of available parking spaces in downtown parking structures, and is updated every minute.
This info has recently been used to create some other tools. These tools have been discussed in detail on the Ann Arbor Bi Bim Bop lunch email group (A2B3).
Patrick and Fred over at VoIP Tech Chat have created a phone service that you can call and get information on parking availability and weather updates over the phone.
The number is +1 (212) 937-7844 and press 6 (this is not a toll-free number).
From Fred: “You can select any garage and it features a notification option… the system will check every minute for you (for 30 minutes) and call you back if fewer than 10 spaces remain.”
Fred would love people’s feedback on this, so comment here.
Tyler has used the DDA parking data to create a page that shows you the percentage of availability in each parking structure and also lets you download parking data.
Local blogger (and creator of A2B3) Ed Vielmetti has even discussed creating a Twitter feed that would post parking data.
There are even former A2 Parking Geeks that have left Ann Arbor, but still like to talk parking. Arbor Update co-founder Rob Goodspeed recently posted his thoughts on parking in downtown Ann Arbor on his blog.
What will those A2 Parking Geeks think of next?
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