Selling parking spaces, much ado about nothing…

Parking spaces 2Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire, noted that there is a loud uproar by many metro officals across the country about the apps such as Haystack which allow the occupant of a parking spot to sell access to the spot as that occupant vacates it.  The cities argue that the spot is not Haystack’s or the occupant’s to sell, since it belongs to the city.  While the latter is quite true, the premise is a bit fuzzy if not distinctly fallacious.

First if the spot is ‘free,’ then the city officials should meter it if they feel it has such value and wish to make money that the app is making.  Second if the spot is subsequently metered, then the city loses nothing, since the next occupant would have to “feed the meter” either way.

The only potential loser here is the Joe Schmoe bringing the family in for a holiday and he doesn’t have the app.  His options woParking spacesuld be limited to luck and parking garages.  Let’s face it, these apps will not commandeer a city’s parking.  Most visitors won’t use them, and inner city dwellers don’t own cars.  Maybe suburban resident commuters will finally start using the subway and get a little exercise, should the apps become overwhelmingly successful…something I just don’t see happening.


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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