Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Marketing Delimma

A Marketing Dilemma Our friends at IPS tell us that their pay by credit card meters are popping up everywhere in commercials and on TV programs. It's probably because they have just installed 10,000 of the critters in LA plus … Continue reading

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Parking and our Freedoms – Where do we draw the line

Journalists look for the angle in a story that would stir up the readers. After all, they have to sell papers. “If it bleeds, it leads” is the credo of newspapers and TV newsrooms across the fruited plain. The LA … Continue reading

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We Deserve Better Than “Parking Wars”

How do you have a professional industry if you don’t have a modicum of self-respect? Look – I’m the first guy to set myself up for a few laughs, most richly deserved. Self-deprecation is a tool used by most in … Continue reading

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Imitation is the sincerest…

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) is best known for 16 quotations – you can review them here. The full quote is, of course, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” And we here at PT have been flattered by the IPI. … Continue reading

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Kicking and Screaming every step of the way

This article in the LA Times has everyone a twitter. Those pesky Europeans have beaten us again – by golly. They have made the world cooler, or warmer, or something, by forcing people out of their cars. But cept, it … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Parking, $1000 a space

Oh, please. I have heard of conspicuous consumption this is absolutely incredible. People are paying a thousand dollars (the lot next door sold out at $500) to park their car for the game. And I see that the cheap seats … Continue reading

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So in their Finite Wisdom

Here’s the deal – the City of Chamblee, Ga, an Atlanta burb with 10,000 people, has a highway running through town so in the finite wisdom they decided to beautify the area and gentrify the neighborhood to make it a … Continue reading

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Parking and Politics – San Francisco Style

I reported here earlier about the Chicago Mayoral race and Carol Moseley Braun’s use of parking as a watershed issue. A similar tact is being taken in San Francisco. As you know, by reading this blog, the City of SF, … Continue reading

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All that is not compulsory is forbidden.

I am a member of the “Sites Open to Public Travel” (SOPT) subcommittee of the group that develops the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The goal is to summarize and “adjust” the rules that apply to roads that are … Continue reading

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The NPA is Rocking…

I had a fascinating lunch yesterday with Christine Banning the new Prez at the National Parking Association and boy did they pick a winner. She has so many ideas working that my guess is that the board will be overwhelmed … Continue reading

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