From Boston’s North End (boldface mine):
Have you ever circled around the North End neighborhood looking for a parking spot? Ever have your car towed due to street cleaning? A new App designed by a North End resident aims to help neighbors find parking and avoid getting their car towed.
Coming home from long days in the office and circling the neighborhood for a parking spot for over 30 minutes was not something that Alex Shvartz enjoyed….
Using his personal funds and seeking outside help for development, “ParkWise North End” was born … an app to help North End residents park on the tight neighborhood streets, while also keeping tabs on street cleaning and event restrictions…
Unlike another app, Haystack, that was recently banned, you cannot sell or hold your spot. “I believe it is not fair or legal. It’s first come first served. The most you can get is a thank you and a smile from your neighbor,” says Shvartz. “Which I believe worth the hassle of pressing one button.”
Even if it weren’t free, helping people use a common resource, without the users profiting from it, should be what the sharing economy is about, not privatizing public goods.