The Park Square District Parking Lot was located in the center of the City of Boston, just south of the Boston Public Garden. This circa mid-to-late-1920s photograph shows the facility packed with cars that the owners paid 35-cents a day to park there – while that price may seem cheap today, when adjusted for inflation the cost is $4.87. For comparison purposes with current rates, the Boston Common parking garage located nearby between the Boston Public Garden, and the Boston Common charges $28 for ten-hour daytime parking.
The photo demonstrates that the driving public in the Northeast, which suffers through cold and snowy winters, had moved away from open roadsters and touring cars and were driving mostly coupes and sedans even though the cost was higher to the thrifty Yankees that lived there. And to show that the car and truck had not totally replaced “Old Dobbin,” the image includes a horse-drawn delivery van; in some locations, the horse was used for deliveries as late as the fifties.
The enlargeable images below show the scene in detail. Tell us what you find of interest in the photograph courtesy of the Boston Public Library.