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Seniors create parking app to help students find spots

Seniors Toby Kreiman and Henry Macht place flyers on cars parked on Hull Street for their app, “North Parking”, Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Many upperclassmen share the struggle of arriving early in hopes of finding a parking spot on Hull Street or Lowell Avenue every morning. Two seniors created an app that they think will allow their classmates to in sleep later.  
“North Parking,” which was made by seniors Toby Kreiman and Henry Macht, was released on Oct. 22, and is now available on the App Store for free. The Student Council is encouraging students to download it in order to limit traffic on streets near North and make it easier for students to find parking spots.  
When downloaded, the app shows what percent of parking spaces on Hull Street and Lowell Avenue are taken. Then, once the user is within 600 meters of North, it sends a notification to the student asking where they parked.  
“We wanted to be able to accurately show people how many spots are available,” Macht said.  “We had a friend who was complaining about parking, and he said ‘I wish there was a way I could see how many spots are left.’ And from that, Toby and I started coming up with ideas.”  
According to senior Emma Klein, “North Parking” will become a good way for students to find easy parking.
“I usually go straight to Claflin and park there, but that’s mostly because people arrive so early and most of everything else is already taken,” Klein said. “But I know kids who check everywhere. Hull, Lowell, everywhere because they think there is a parking spot. Hopefully this app will let students know if there really is a spot or not.”  
Senior class president Maya Mathews, who promoted the app in multiple social media posts, says she doesn’t know yet whether or not the app will solve the student parking issue.  
“It’s hard to predict as of right now because the app needs 100 percent participation and we still need more people to download the app,” Mathews said.  “But I think it is going to solve lots of problems regardless. If anything, it will still unify the grade and the school.”
Senior Morgan Britt-Webb said that “North Parking” will require more participation to be helpful.
“More people just need to use it in order for it to fully work and help with student parking,” Britt-Webb said.  “But once more students do start using it, hopefully the time that students arrive to park their cars will be pushed back because right now, it is way too early.”  
According to Macht, 94 students downloaded “North Parking” within the first 12 hours of release, and, as of right now, the app has 140 downloads.  
“It is just on iPhones right now,” Macht said. “We started off with just iPhones because it is hard to create a cross-platform. But later we can look to expand.”

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