Got a question about something going on in your neighborhood youâ€™d like Swamplot to answer? Sorry, we canâ€™t help you. But if you ask real nice and include a photo or 2 with your request, maybe the Swamplot Street Sleuths can! Who are they? Other readers, just like you, ready to demonstrate their mad skillz in hunting down stuff like this:
More of your answers . . . to your questions:
- Inner Loop: Swamplot readers try to explain the epidemic of hand car washes infecting inner-loop parking lots. â€œThey are extremely cheap to set up and operate,” declares Jared. “So they are a great short-term use for an empty lot as a bridge between development. A lot of builders / developers / speculators paid way too much for land during the end of the boom and they are either carrying that land with little or no revenue coming in from itâ€“or theyâ€™ve given back to banks who were silly enough to lend money on it when it didnâ€™t generate enough cashflow to support the loan.â€ Plus: â€œThey MAKE MONEY. Splash on Richmond used to have a line down the street every sunny day when they were $15 for a basic hand wash. Even 50 cars a day was $750/dayâ€“cashâ€“with almost no overhead.â€ But have we created a bubble? Ross cites â€œLow barriers to entry and some perceived unsatisfied demand. Classic start to oversaturation of a market.â€ Finally, Lux suggests y’all are thinking it too hard: â€œMy guess is it has something to do with all the BMWâ€™s, Mercedes, Lexuses, and Hummers that need washing. How is one to stand out if you are driving a dirty Lexus?â€
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- Swamplot Street Sleuths: Parking Lot Special [Swamplot]
Photo: South Beach Auto Spa