Thursday, December 11, 2008

Biggest Parking Gouge in Boston?

It's not exactly a newsflash that parking in Boston costs a pretty penny. (What, next you're going to tell me that rush-hour traffic stinks, too? Stop the presses.) So you know a parking lot is charging pretty exorbitant fees to be considered a "gouge" in this town. 

Last week, I went to a basketball game over at Northeastern's Matthews Arena, and the Gainsborough Garage the next block over was charging $19 for "Event Parking." Price of the event ticket? $10. Geez, makes the $40 parking fee for the $117 average ticket price at Gillette Stadium seem reasonable. 

There are limited metered spots around the arena on St. Botolph Street, Gainsborough Street, and Huntington Avenue, so you can take a shot at those. Not sure how much it costs over at the Renaissance Parking Garage on Columbus Avenue, which wouldn't be a far walk but can't imagine it to be as bad. Taking Green Line is definitely the most cost-effective way to get to the game.

And, guys, just go ahead and charge $20. Believe me, it's not going to psychologically seem like a bigger rip-off. 

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