Here’s another reason to love Philadelphia: according to the City Planning Commission, daily off-street parking is both “ample” and “cheap.”
Occupancy rates are only about 80%, and availability should continue to cheerily rise with demand so not to worry, friends; when you need parking space for your 2010 Cadillac hybrid, it will be there.
Why doesn’t this cheer me right up?
Because as a Realtor, I’m always trolling for a short-term space, which the Commission admits is “disproportionately expensive” compared to other cities. Typically, an hour’s parking costs more than half as much as a full day.
Plus, it takes me a few precious milliseconds to drive into a parking lot. What I want, dear reader, is a nice cheap parking space right smack at the curb. But sometimes, even in my favorite city, you can’t always get what you want.
PS. You can pay your parking tickets online, it’s almost painless.