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 ...|
|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.|
|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.|