Upsides to living in the thick of an urban jungle: Stunning architecture, an abundance of culture and very close proximity to some of the finest food in the world. Downsides? Uh, the parking. Luckily, just as with any other problem, the web has a solution for your city-commuting woes. There's plenty of websites out there that make renting parking spaces easier and sometimes more affordable.
In the 'burbs, where every house comes with an 18-car garage, you might not have trouble finding a place to park your car. But folks in the city who choose to own automobiles have a bit of a harder time.
If you need a spot (at home, work, or just to be close to big events), these 5 sites can help you out. And if you're a biker or rail rider and have an unused space with your name on it, you can use one of these sites to rent it out and make some extra cash:
Connects space-havers with space-needers all over the world in an online marketplace, managing the entire booking process and payments as you go. Great for short- or long-term parking.
First spotted on Lifehacker, use this site to find a rent-by-owner spot close to your apartment or office. Just type in an address and ParkingSpotter plots out nearby available spaces for rent on Google Maps.
Find monthly parking or hourly event parking with this site, which plots out spaces for rent posted by other users of the site.
If you live or work near a busy attraction, parking can be a nightmare. ParkWhiz lets you rent dedicated spaces at stadiums, areas and venues across the country. It's also great if you just want great parking for baseball season.
It's where you found your apartment, so why not find your parking there? Search in your local Craigslist city site for parking spaces for rent and find a bevy of local options from landlords, businesses and city dwellers like you.