Monthly Archives: July 2011

Towing Diplomats cars in Britain, Not

Maybe the story I told below about the Brits towing diplomat’s cars was an urban legend. It turns out that the local government in London (City of Westminister) is owed a ton of parking fines by diplomats and one of … Continue reading

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Unpaid Parking Tickets, Diplomatic Immunity, and the UN

About once a year, someone writes about the fact that there are millions in unpaid parking tickets owed to the city of New York, owed, that is, by diplomats with diplomatic immunity who park wherever they like and simply tear … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Free Parking for Dummies

I consider myself an avid reader with typically reading between 80 to 100 books a year. I also consider myself an avid parking professional, so having read all the hype about The High Cost of Free Parking and the Shoupistas … Continue reading

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Colliers Publishes 2011 Parking Rate Survey. Honolulu Highest daily rate at $75

Colliers International publishes an international parking rate survey. You can download the entire survey here. Most of the articles we are seeing about the survey localize it depending on the location of the newspaper. I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading

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Its Crunch Time in San Francisco and in Don Shoup’s office

I give Baghdad by the Bay a lot of trouble. I complain about this and that, call them names, and generally tell the world they are parking dunderheads. Today I have to eat some crow. Jay Primus, head of the … Continue reading

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LA Veers from one Extreme to Another

The quote above is from Don Shoup. I asked him about a notice folks in my neighborhood received telling us we cannot park in our driveways and will be ticketed if we do so. Are you amazed.  What you must … Continue reading

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Lets close the Loop with the Transportation Security Administration and JVH

You know that little tingle that goes through your body when you receive an unsolicited package and you immediately check the return address for a clue to the sender. Well, I received a package the other day from “Think Geek” … Continue reading

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Detroit — It Stars in Parking Wars, but not in Enforcement.

Or rather collection. Here’s the first story I noticed this AM. Detroit is going to start really cracking down on parking scofflaws, expanding the hours they will be issuing citations in an effort to help close the city’s budget deficit. … Continue reading

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EVs will remain niche as gas engines improve

Why do I care so much, or rail so much here on the blog, about electric cars (EV).  Why should parking give a damn. Its a car, people need to park it, so we should supply the space, at a … Continue reading

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Feds Halve Debit Card Charges — No one likes the deal…

I note that the Feds are now requiring banks to halve the amount merchants are charged for credit cards, from about 44 cents to about 22 cents.  Seems like a good deal, right. Wrong.  Take a look at these graphs … Continue reading

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