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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Parking in Boston ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Juli_et

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Date: 7/7/06 1:04 PM

Hi everyone who are familiar with Boston!

The summer (around July 31st) we want to spend a few days in Boston and then Cape Cod. We are planning to stay 3 nights in Boston in a hostel and then Cape Cod 3 nights in camping. In Boston we are ready to pay for parking even if it is 20-25$ per 24h. We can not bring in the hostel our camping gear (tent, cooler, etc...). But in the parking section of the hostel, they recommend "NEVER LEAVE BELONGINGS IN THE CAR OR THE TRUNK".
I would like to know your opinion? Do you think someone will steal our things in the car? What would you do?

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Date: 7/7/06 1:13 PM

You might need to adjust your ideas about how much it will cost to park overnight up a bit. Even in Chicago, which is much less cramped and difficult to find parking in than Boston, $20.- $25.00 for overnight would be an unthinkable deal downtown. (It costs that much for a about 2-1/2 hours downtown during business hours downtown here. Nights are often less expensive, though.)

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Date: 7/7/06 1:15 PM

Yes, someone will. If you don't know anyone to stash your things with it's probably worth renting the smallest storage place you can find, even if you have to pay for a month, so your car isn't broken into. It would be better to leave the car with someone or in a guarded lot and take a train to wherever you're going in the city. Take the T to get around, driving is not worth the traffic and parking hassles.

A rental license plate or out of state/country plate is a dead giveaway. SIL lost all her luggage when she left her rental car parked on the street for just a few hours. I was eating with friends in a sidewalk cafe and we watched our friend's locally registered car, which was a nasty old heap, drive by. Isn't Boston still the car theft capital of the US?

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Date: 7/7/06 1:24 PM

I was thinking parking our car in suggestion 1 (20$) or 2 (22$), see here.

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Date: 7/7/06 2:08 PM

I'd go with the garage rather than the lot and I would see how far the bus or train station is away from the hostel and store my gear there, in a locker, rather than in the car. You would be astounded at what will attract someone to the idea of smashing a window and relieving you of everything that can possibly be removed from an automobile. (even things you wouldn't think of as removable--like radios.) I'd probably skip bringing the cooler (too hard to store, too much trouble to attend to keeping iced, etc.) and buy a small one for the camping portion of the trip on the way out of Boston.

And, absolutely, I would leave the car wherever I parked it for the duration of the Boston part of the trip and use public transit to get around.

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Date: 7/7/06 2:33 PM

Thanks tlmck3 for your advice. We were planning of course using public transportation in Boston. And if it wasn't the trip to Cape Cod, we would have gone by train or bus to Boston instead of car. Or we will go only to Boston...or only to Cape Cod...We have to think about that...

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Date: 7/7/06 3:43 PM

Hi Juli_et,

**Parking** in Boston??? What an oxymoron!!

Even when I was going to college there in the late 60's, parking was almost impossible! One of the first things I noticed about cars in Boston, was how many had one or more dents - this is a clue as to the driving habits of Bostonians!!

BTW, enjoy your trip. Boston is so drenched in history, you may feel transported back in time. (Preferably before cars were invented.)

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Date: 7/7/06 8:50 PM

I would park in the Boston Common Garage, right in the middle of the city and underground. I think the rate for 24 hours is around 30 bucks but it is very convenient to all the T stops and the sites to walk to and is safe underground. I parked there for years when I lived in that neighborhood where parking is impossible and it was always very safe. Enjoy Boston!!! Alice

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Date: 7/8/06 9:09 AM

Oh yes, people love to lighten your load for you in Boston. Even relieve you of the burden of having a car to park! Dr. Alice's recommendation is probably the best bet. Boston is a fabulous place, have lots of fun on your trip.

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Date: 7/8/06 10:01 AM

Let's see if the censor objects to this. When I lived there we called Boston drivers Massholes.

I'm from NYC, where driving is a competition similar to American Gladiators in aggression. In Boston it's more a matter of getting where you're going, regardless of rules of physics or of the road. Traffic island or other barrier in your way? Drive over it! Lights, signs? Who needs them!

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