Monkey Business

Sharing economy gone wrong. Yesterday I heard that the city of San Francisco is cracking down on apps like MonkeyParking, which let you get paid for giving up your on-street parking spot. Essentially it allows you to profit off of private use of public infrastructure. Glad to see that SF is taking some action on this. It’s bad enough that cities are privatizing more of their infrastructure (I’m looking at you Chicago parking meters) but entrepreneurs doing it to you under the table is just wrong.

Monkey Parking

That said, hopefully the city of SF sees this as a wake-up call to develop their own tools to help alleviate the parking problem. Maybe parking credit for giving up your spot in high demand times, or better sensors and open data around available parking spots.