Monthly Archives: January 2011

Let the Free Market Take Care of Itself

Every planning commission and city council should read this article and take heart. Money Quote: “To address the concerns of some downtown businesses regarding parking, the commissioners asked the petitioner to educate their clients on the available parking options downtown.” … Continue reading

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Clarity in Sioux Falls

A blogger at the Sioux Falls South Dakota Argus Leader has it knocked;. Here’s the money quote: For shoppers making a quick errand, on-street parking directly in front of their destination is most valuable, and they are willing to pay … Continue reading

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Rochester Losing money on Parking Operation

It costs a lot to maintain the garages in Rochester, NY. And it’s more than they are returning. One solution was to close a garage that was about 12% used, another was to simply lower the parking rate and generate … Continue reading

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Let’s just sell the parking revenue…

The MBTA in Boston is considering selling its parking revenue. Hey, they need the money now. So why not sell future revenue to investors with a guaranteed return. They currently receive about 30 million a year and want to sell … Continue reading

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Designa has a new North America President

Bob Kane, recent Sales Manager for Federal APD, has been named President of Designa North America operations as of January 1. Bob tells me that the company basically backed out of the US market about six years ago but now, … Continue reading

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Damn Automatic Phone Systems

You call a company; you get a computer telling you to listen to a menu. You can select a department by pressing one for sales, two for accounting, etc. So far so good. What happens if you want an individual? … Continue reading

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Why Not Let Everyone Park for Free

The city of Nashville has passed an ordinance allowing those driving hybrids and electric cars to park for free. They have to pay a $10 fee and get a sticker. About six percent of the local residents qualify for this … Continue reading

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If you built it….

Dammit, they will come. The merchants in Westwood, a shopping area in LA, are having a meltdown over parking. The city built a garage on Broxton Avenue in Westwood. It is hidden on a one way street and most people … Continue reading

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True Grit

I remembered the original True Grit from 1969 as what I thought was John Wayne's last role. Of course it wasn't – he made nearly a dozen films after this western, his last being the Shootist. He reprised his role … Continue reading

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SF warns that it is going to balance the budget by writing more parking tickets

Yep – Baghdad by the Bay is down a few million and has said it’s going to make up the difference by getting tough on those overstaying their parking and writing more tickets. The city (Actually the San Francisco Municipal … Continue reading

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