Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Who Will Disrupt the Public Good?

"Haystack provides a solution to a key market failure in popular parking areas: meter prices are too cheap, which results in excess demand."

A few other market failures, which have resulted in excess demand:

1. Space for your blanket at the park on a cool summer evening.
2. Seats on the bus during rush hour
3. Public housing. So cheap!
4. Walking space on the sidewalk, especially in those busy shopping neighborhoods
5. Snow removal
6. Clean water

This undercharging is ruining my overall User Experience. And frankly, Haystack's lack of a parking space derivatives function makes me think they're not serious about extracting capital from parking spaces. And no private traffic police, to enforce the contracts and prevent outsiders from stealing paid places? There is money to be made. Where are my apps?

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Freddie DeBoer (#4,188)

ugh, that video.

Yes, bourgie white people! The world exists only for you!

KarenUhOh (#19)

I'll soon be taking public my toilet-reservation app systems, LidLeasers, UriYours, and HydrantHolders, which allow pissers in your area to locate secure relief points from you and Go Green as you pile up WhizzBucks.

holdup!holdmyphone! (#274,038)

@KarenUhOh I have three whizzbucks can I trade them to you for a novelty driver's license?

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

See, the only reason why rich people don't own the rest of us as slaves is that stuff that allows us to survive on our own is just not as expensive as it should be, considering just how much money the rich have (and thus aren't able to take the full advantage of it). The free market is not allowed to work its magic and throw us into chains, and that's wrong.

Not to worry, Silicon Valley is here to disrupt that unnatural state of affairs and we can all be herded back into slavery, as the natural laws of free market demand.

Just because some VC says "Uber, but for parking spaces!" in the lobby of a TED talk doesn't mean we need a video about it.

hershmire (#233,671)

While I'm totally against the private sector taking over something like this, I am for the drastic raising of parking meter rates in congested urban areas (esp. during the day). This'll turn the externalities of every idiot driving to work into direct costs.

And of course all extra revenue should be earmarked for public transport, like flying pigs.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@hershmire Nobody who drives to work in the "congested urban area" parks on the street. Maybe a few very early birds, after that, the vast majority ends up parking in private parking lots and garages (which are plenty expensive).

What should be done instead is banning cars from the cities altogether. Many European cities have car-free zones at the heart. New York City has sort of started on this with Times Square, many other pedestrian plazas, as well as expansion of "luxury" bike lanes. I hope they continue with it.

hershmire (#233,671)

@Niko Bellic Baby steps, Niko. Baby steps.

Needler (#283,779)

I wish could comment on or rate the Haystack promo video. It won't let me. I wonder why?

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

Renting things you have no rights to is so good.

in SF at least, people are being paid to camp out in spots in valuable neighborhoods so that they can then rent those spaces out on the app (because if noone uses the app, noone uses the app). Now THAT'S what I call trickle-down economics.

It's also, at least in San Francisco, VERY illegal. http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/23/parking-apps/

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@Subway Suicide@twitter Pretty sure that app was recently banned by the city and it stopped operating in SF.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

What is this "public good" of which you speak? I have dwelt here in The Land of the Free (TM) since the reign of Saint Ronald of Friedmanshire, and I have never heard of any such thing.

I just thought of a few app ideas: placeholders for the line at cal fresh, medi-cal, and in playgrounds where kids want to use the slides? Also, how dare the library let you place reservations on a book for free. Where's my money? :) not to mention my app idea where women who go into labor need to use an app to make sure that they can be admitted to the maternity ward, and if you get hit by a car and need to go to the emergency room, there should be an app that automatically starts charging your family for handling your case and securing you a place in the waiting line.

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