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Subject:I thought Google knew everything
Time:01:35 am
I'm trying to figure out the ratio of cars-per-unit-space with angled parking vs. parallel parking, and I'm completely striking out. I just can't find the magic search incantation to do it. Even the wikipedia entry on parking is no help. Grrr.

Edit: I found it! http://www.parkinglotplanet.com/Help_Stuff/angle%20parking.htm
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songmonk
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Time:2008-04-22 08:45 am (UTC)
I was about to give a link to my friend's post where he did some math which I didn't care to follow (the post itself which contains a link to some study done which I did not read), but I see you found what you were looking for.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-04-22 08:52 am (UTC)
Jaja. I was writing a letter to my city councilperson, and the information I found was sufficient to state that angled parking will provide nearly twice as many parking spaces as parallel parking.
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heronymus_waat
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Time:2008-04-22 03:51 pm (UTC)
Optimal packing for rectangular objects on a 2D surface can sometimes be very interesting. I'm just glad we don't drive around in hamster balls; that would be a nightmare to optimize.
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blakwngbrd
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Time:2008-04-22 05:02 pm (UTC)
But maybe we soon will!

http://xkcd.com/413/
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abostick59
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Time:2008-04-22 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, right. Python.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-04-22 05:45 pm (UTC)
What can I say? I'm unpredictable.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-04-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
Spoken like a suburbanite or a small-town resident.

I live in downtown Oakland, and street parking is at a premium. The OPD is trying to change the block of parking in front of my building from angled parking to parallel parking, which would cost us about 15 spaces in a neighborhood that's already hard to park in.

It's actually easier to pull into angled parking, but harder to pull out of. Backing out of angled or perpendicular parking has a significantly higher accident rate than pulling out of parallel parking spaces. I have a convertible which has relatively limited rear corner views, and backing out of angled parking is a real bitch with the top up-- I do lots of inching and craning my neck.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-04-22 06:21 pm (UTC)
If you want to see what my street looks like, go to Google maps, search for "247 4th st 94607" (though you may need to clarify USA... not sure) and then street view. I'm in the green and mud-colored building. Poke around and note that it's all multi-story residential. All of the buildings have garages, but still.
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