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Sweetch parking app makes its code open-source, the latest salvo in San Francisco parking app war

The parking space bidding app MonkeyParking is no longer available to San Francisco drivers, but another developer called Sweetch is using an open-source approach to fill the void.

MonkeyParking caused a stir in San Francisco by creating an auction for open parking spaces. The city attorney sent a cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking, in which it mentioned two other apps: Sweetch and Parkmodo.

Now Sweetch has started a new open-source project called Freetch, which makes its parking app code available to other developers to use in building their own parking apps.

The Sweetch app lets users buy a parking space for five bucks or sell one for four bucks.

Parking is a terrible problem in San Francisco. Sweetch says that 30 percent of the city’s traffic is caused by cars looking for parking places.

Sweetch says it has already received requests for the parking code from all over the world.

Via: SFGate

 


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7 comments
Andrew Lipstein
Andrew Lipstein

Ok, we then since we are the populous that the government represents.

Yehuda Reich
Yehuda Reich

You're not selling the spot. You're telling someone "i will move if you pay me 4 dollars" the spot is just the space you happened to be standing on. You obviously cant sell it as its not yours...but since you do have the right to stand there (like anyone else in the city) no one can tell you when to leave (during allowed parking hours) so if you choose to stay until someone else comes whether thats your sister, your boyfriend, or a stranger willing to pay you 4 dollars thats should be your prerogative

Paul Mohme
Paul Mohme

In that case "you" is the (governmental) entity which lawfully controls said public assets.

Andrew Lipstein
Andrew Lipstein

You can do a lot of things with public assets such as invest in companies and lease out land just to name a few examples.

Paul Mohme
Paul Mohme

you can't buy or sell public property.