In becoming a proponent of the smart community, we’re forced to reckon with all the dumb ways that we currently live, so that we can all become smarter. Look no further than the guest parking lot of a downtown condominium to understand what this means.
It’s Friday night and your friend is on their way downtown. Like any good friend would, you offer a spot in your guest parking. Here comes elevator ride number one. You head down to the concierge desk with the usual checklist of questions: do you have any guest parking left this month, are there any spots available right now, and how quickly are the spots filling up?
Now you head back for elevator ride number two and return to your suite.
About an hour later, your friend has arrived. They pull up to the parking garage, reach through the passenger side window to press the intercom button, and wait for the concierge to answer. The concierge opens the garage door, and your friend finds a parking spot.
You settle in for elevator ride number three so that you can meet your friend in the lobby. Thankfully, they have memorized their license plate number, and you’re relieved that you’ve saved an elevator trip back down to the parking lot to snap a reference photo.
Elevator ride number four takes you back down to the parking garage so your friend can put their parking slip on the dash.
Together, you take the fifth and final elevator ride together back up to your suite, relishing in sweet victory.