Last week I moved to Denver.
I used to live in a big city -Buenos Aires sees +14 million people every day. Big cities mean traffic; and traffic brings parking limitations with them.
Denver is no stranger to these 2 problems. And now that I am a proud truck owner, I’m left with having to face them both as well. Traffic is not that big of a deal as I plan on taking the RTD as much as I can, but parking -specially free parking, coveted by students around my new place a block away from DU -is proving to be a hard task to accomplish.
With this in mind, I came up with the idea of bringing a solution that would help people find parking spots as close as their destinations as possible, with free parking being the main driver behind the search.
I found these solutions through Google and they are good approaches at solving the parking problem, but fall short either in parking proximity to destination or a free parking option. Mainly they find garages and metered parking; they weren’t intended for those of us who don’t mind leaving our cars on the side of the street and have no problem in walking a block or two to save a buck.
The API of my proposed solution would work similarly in that it would rely on Google Maps to display a map to easily and quickly visualize the location and its surroundings to find the most suitable street parking spot. It would also work with a series of filters for the user to be able to filter out options depending on cost and distance among others.