Did you know the first American automobile was assembled and unveiled in 1893 on a sunny afternoon in Massachusetts? That day is widely considered by locals to be the only time in history when finding parking in Boston didn’t “suck.”
Ah, yes—reminiscing about the good ol’ days of parking got us thinking about popular spots to park your wheels in Beantown. Prepare to have your minds blown by our knowledge of sweet spaces, but be warned…our history is a little fuzzy.
Back in the day, Back Bay was a literal bay, with water in it. Gravitational forces exerted by the moon, sun and Earth’s rotation caused the water level to lower exposing smelly mudflats, and nobody likes a smelly mudflat. So the city filled the bay with super soil from nearby Mt. Vernon and up sprouted the popular shopping and dining destinations where you’ll find awesome parking today.
Boston’s historic buildings Downtown house a mix of department stores, fashion chains and specialty retailers, with some of the most convenient parking in the city close by. But that’s not how it’s always been. Just sixty-five million years ago, this geographical location housed Tyrannosaurus Rex, King Kong and other woodland creatures with absolutely nowhere to park for miles.
George Washington forced British troops from South Boston during the Revolutionary War. Washington parked a cannon on Dorchester Heights and asked the Brits, “Do we have a problem here?” Legend has it they did not have a problem. The land was then dedicated to the free citizens of the United States to build upon, prosper and one day find wicked parking at amazing rates.
The West End neighborhood is home to amazing parking near many famous landmarks including Massachusetts General Hospital, North Station and TD Garden. What isn’t as well known was the neighborhood’s deserving, but unsuccessful, bid for the 1896 Summer Olympic games. Those games went to Athens, Greece, but even to this day the parking in the West End is far superior.
The first theatre was opened in 1793 on Washington Street in the Theatre District. Since the first automobile wouldn’t be around for another 100 years, ”parking” was designated for horse, elephant and yak. There are now over 50 theatres in the district and you can book parking near any one of them, yak-free!
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