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A Virtual Parking-Space Marketplace

6c291bc265a05a032607ae4cb9db67ffToday, we come to talk of the futures market.

No, not platinum, gold or pork-belly futures. Parking-space futures.

After all, you’re going to need a parking space in the near future. Better buy low.

Here to help: Parking Panda, a new service that matches parkers with spaces either in the future or when you’re already out, taking members now for an April launch.

Founded by a Georgetown grad, this thing has been honed in Baltimore for a year (where, let’s be honest, they’ve got bigger problems than parking), but it’s about ready for its DC debut.

Let’s say you’ve just struck up a new special friendship with someone. Problem is, they live at the corner of Wisconsin and Crowded. Hit the Parking Panda website to find an enterprising Georgetowner who just might have a driveway you can rent by the day.

It works in real time, too. Say you’re running late for a meeting with the national archivist. (You want to prove your lineage to Martha Washington.) Call up the site on your phone and it will direct you to a Penn Quarter garage with space available.

The rates are all negotiated in advance and paid through the site. Speaking of which, if you’ve got a space to rent, you can upload the photo, price and availability right now.

Your helipad could fit 30 cars, easy.

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