Thursday, June 16, 2011

Visual tour of Buenos Aires parking

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Much of Buenos Aires is beautiful, even some of its parking facilities.

Beautiful?

My understanding of the workings of Buenos Aires parking is superficial and based mainly on walking around its central areas. I learned a few things from the Rosario conference but I am still a novice on Latin American cities and their parking.

So this post does not pretend any great expertise. Instead, I offer some visual impressions, comments and some questions.

There is a lot more to be said, so if you know Buenos Aires please share your insights via the comments!
 

A beautiful facade but parking inside. Hmm.


Not so beautiful ...
Lots more below. Scroll down.


Most blocks we walked down seemed to have at least one commercial public garage, even in leafy Palermo quite a long way from the central commercial area.
On-street parking seems mostly to be free of charge, with predictable results.
Once consequence is illegal parking attendants, like this one in Palermo Viejo. I watched him operate while eating a delicious lunch of asado. I am not sure how common this is in BA.


But I also saw some areas with parking meters (saw both single-space meters and pay-and-display). The standard on-street price seems to be 1.40 Pesos per hour.  One peso is about 25 cents US.


Short stays in the nearby commercial garages cost a lot more than 1.40 per hour. Presumably, this is a recipe for a lot of 'cruising for parking'. .


Various inner-city parks and plazas have local government parking lots under them (like Seoul and Taipei). Even the enormous boulevard, Avenida 9 de Julio, has a parking facility beneath.

I didn't see many vacant lots used for parking but there are a few. These and the ubiquitous commercial garages made me wonder if there may be property tax anomalies that make the parking business an attractive use of inner city spaces.

An impressive network of segregated two-way cycle ways is taking shape. I imagine parking has been an issue with some of them.

This monstrous surface lot is in the new but very central riverside area of Puerto Madero. Sadly, I also spotted various big box stores set amid oceans of parking from the toll road heading northwest through the outer suburbs.
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2 comments :

  1. @transeunteba tweeted a response to this post (I have expanded the abbreviations):

    BA definitely has a ton of parking attendants generally in areas with lots of bars/restaurants or near an event/game/concert

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  2. Buenos Aires has very liberal parking regulations for buildings and even on-street. A couple weeks ago the city opened up 40,000 new, free on-street spaces in the neighborhoods that were previously part of through streets. There's a disconnect between the traffic congestion which irks the daily lives of commuters and how bad policy decisions are the cause.

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