Parking Space Reservation Object

arking Space Reservation Object by Rudy A. Girón

Parking spaces or rather the lack of parking spaces is among the most challenging problems that Antigua Guatemala is facing right now. Antigua spends millions of quetzales each year to keep up the cobblestoned streets which were not designed for motorized vehicles like automobiles, trucks and buses when first implemented over 500 years ago. Heck, not even the streets were designed for the vehicles we used today and that’s why the streets are narrow and in many cases have to be one-way streets because otherwise there wouldn’t be any space for parking.

That’s why people use chairs, crates, rims, chains, trash cans, anything really as parking space reservations. Of course, that’s illegal because the streets are public and nobody can claim to own the space in front of their office, clinic, restaurant, etc.

Among some of the solutions I have heard are to create huge parking lots just outside the Antigua Guatemala entrances and turn the streets into pedestrians throughways, well at least the streets closer to the Plaza Mayor. Still, I don’t think a viable solution has been found yet or it’s being implemented.

Do you have a parking problem where you live?

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  • MO

    This picture is just so amazing. 
    This picture needs no explanation as to why it’s there. 
    This picture evokes mystery.
    This picture leaves me speechless.
    This picture………..WOW!

    • Thanks MO, I appreciate your kind words.

  • Mary Burich

    We have an interesting twist on the age-old parking problem here in Oregon, Rudy. As a community, we are implementing multi-modal transportation plans as an alternative to the standard car/truck/bus mode. In order to encourage more residents to use bicycles for their personal transportation, municipalities as well as the state now include bike-only lanes in local traffic planning. Yet, as the bike paths are very generally located parallel to the sidewalk, the area of street allocated to parking is decreased, creating the need for larger parking lots in multi-residential developments. The effect, then, is a greater area of the urban community paved, creating a greater potential for flooding and lack of sufficient water from rainfall for urban landscaping. 

    One solution to urban congestion leads to another!  Great question, great photo, by the way!

    Best wishes,
    Mary Burich
    Oregon, EEUU

    • Wow Mary, thanks for sharing this unfortunate experience.

  • Eric

    Ja-ja-ja, and I thought we only did this up here in the corner pocket !  We see “parking space reservation objects” of all types here, especially in the winter, when piles of snow occupy precious street parking room.

    Nice foto, Rudy.  And nice to know that our parking space reservation habits are an international phenomenon, ja-ja !

    • I guess it’s not antigüeño thing, but a human condition thing.

  • El Canche

    You raise a good point about pedestrianizing Central Antigua. No only would it preserve the streets, air quality and noise in such a beautiful and unique colonial town (city), but I believe it would solve a lot of the crime problems… cars allowed to make a quick arrival and get-away! Police/Fire/Ambulance excluded.

    Just allow buses on perimeter routes and exclusive use of Tuc-Tucs on the inside areas. This would give a boost to local employment. You have also posted news in the past that obesity is an increasing challenge within the general population, so maybe a little bit of walking would not be a bad thing….certainly in my case!

    • Who knows what they are going to do… I believe a lot of businesses will be against a pedestrian Antigua Guatemala.

  • Laurie

    What a great photo!

    • Thanks Laurie, I am glad you like it.