Hidden garage keeps up appearances, adds valuable parking space

You live in an area where parking spaces are at a premium, have a Victorian style apartment building and don’t want to screw up its aesthetics by sticking a big ugly parking bay underneath it, what do you do? You could do what one building owner in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood did and build a secret garage at the bottom of the building that hides behind a folding Victorian facade.

I’m sure this cost a pretty penny, but it looked like the ground floor was going unused and converting it to a tiny parking lot makes good business sense. The owner could choose to either A) rent the spaces out; or B) increase the cost of the apartments in the building. Either way, it is a clever way to deal with the parking problem that faces city dwellers the world over.



C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.
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