Monthly Archives: December 2010

Keyless Car Starting, Part Deux

I didn’t realize that we may have a hot topic on our hands, in less than 12 hours, already two comments, and since I normally don’t get any, this must be important. First from a parking lot operator at a … Continue reading

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Keyless Starting of Cars, Feature or Flop

A friend got a call yesterday that her father was in the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning. Seems he left his car running in the garage and went inside and went to bed. His car was one of those with … Continue reading

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I have been reviewing the Google and Yahoo stories to provide Joyce some copy to put up on the web site and I have noticed that there are hundreds of cities that are “giving” away free parking in downtown areas … Continue reading

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Quickies

Comedian Gallagher, or was it George Carlin, asked “Why do 7-11s have locks on their doors?” I would ask “Why does LA Fitness have valet parking?” I mean, after all, you go there to get healthy. What could be more … Continue reading

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Blocking Driveways to Find more Parking Space.

From the LA Times: In some heavily populated neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a reliable parking space is as valuable as a panoramic view or gourmet kitchen. And with every new development, the parking crunch seems to only get worse. Now, … Continue reading

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It’s Snowing again in Minneapolis

Just got off the phone with my buddy Rick Decker at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport. I called to get an update on the snow situation in the twin cities. They are expecting half an inch between now and rush … Continue reading

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Why Do Cities Get Such Bad Deals in Public/Private Partnerships

Why do cities have such problems hiring and supervising parking operators? Over the years, we have seen example after example in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Pittsburgh where cities have hired companies and they have done a … Continue reading

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LA is at it again

This is a wonderful article. The deficit in the City of LA has soared to $87 million and the city is quick to point out that the number is BEFORE one factors in the money the city may receive from … Continue reading

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An Example of Zoning Overreach…

Shoupistas often gloss over the third leg of Professor Shoup’s theory, that of doing away with mandated parking requirements. It’s urban planning gobbledygook that fascinates professors and PhD candidates but bores the rest of us to tears. The City of … Continue reading

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Rumor’s of my death have been….

Mark Twain wrote that “Rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated.” Well it appears that rumors of the demise of the parking deal in Pittsburgh may have been premature. Alan Lazowski has made a presentation to the city that … Continue reading

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