The 218 of you people who answered my survey were responsible for parking 350 cars that weekend, so it’s a pretty good sample.
It’s interesting to note that although 50% of households have one car, they only account for 33% of the cars accounted for. Two car households actually have the most cars in Somerville. Three and four car household are a relatively small group-- small enough so that their car numbers don’t add up to a whole lot.
What’s most interesting is how many people appear to be not moving their cars back to the street many days after the storm. Below are pictures of Hancock Street, Willow Street, and Belmont Street where I live more than two weeks after the storm. I have two theories about where the cars went. One, peoples cars are hunkered down in their storm locations and no one’s in a rush to get them back out on the street. Or two, the odd side of the street is now long-term-parking, and all the people who drive to work are using their driveways or using the even side of the street at night (my pictures were done mid day).
Hancock Street 16 days after the storm
Willow Street 16 days after the storm
Belmont Street: 16 days later
I have to say something about Beacon Street-- it has it’s share of driveways too-- but more than driveways it has a number of very large surface lots that right now are only open to customers and employees. Can we use policies and prices to encourage owners to share their extra spaces? Can we do this in a way that doesn’t hurt low income drivers? In the meantime as businesses and landlords, can we use better the parking that we have? That will be the subject of another post. Food for thought.