Monthly Archives: August 2011

Doug — pointed and opinionated

Dateline, State College.  JVH, his own self, asked me if I wanted to contribute to his blog on a semi-regular basis.  He said to be pointed and opinionated.  Any of you who know me realize that this is far from … Continue reading

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Whoops Charging Stations Removed

Costco is removing the EV charging stations it had installed for more than a decade in stores in California, Arizona, NY, and Georgia. Why? “No one ever used them.” You can bet that this is a business decision based on … Continue reading

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Who is Going to Use all those Charging Stations

I hear from friends who own them that the Chevy Volt is a fantastic car.  And I don’t disagree. I’m sure it is. However it is not what the market place wants. With dozens of hybrids out there selling at … Continue reading

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The More Times Change, the More They Stay the Same

A city councilman in Austin, TX, was talking about expanding parking meters in the city. He noted that the meter was invented in the 1930s primarily because employees were taking all the parking spaces downtown and customers had no place … Continue reading

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Cashless Parking

My scientist wife sent me this article from Science Daily. Seems a new breakthrough in technology is now going to allow cars to enter and exit garages without having to stop and insert a card or ticket into a device. … Continue reading

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Remember “Weezie” Ford

If you ever met her, you would remember her. She was President/CEO of Pit Bull Tire Lock and traveled the trade show circuit pitching her unique product (it looked like calipers) to enforcement folks far and wide. Weezie has been … Continue reading

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The 12 most Frightening Words

“You have no problem with me quoting what you just said, right?” I just got off the phone for the billionth time with one of the team of reporters from the Portland Oregonian. They are now going after the city’s … Continue reading

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Why Tout “Parking Wars” and “Sustainability”

This writer in a Canadian publication is hot and bothered because a couple of cities in British Columbia are considering not allowing vehicles that have unpaid parking tickets to be licensed when its time for renewal. His argument: It’s killing … Continue reading

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How did we get here in the first place?

This article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (The best named newspaper on the planet), notes that the city has $91million in outstanding parking citations that has not been collected. Seems like a goodly amount, until you discover that $60 plus … Continue reading

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Parking Auction Revisited

OK — This fellow on CNET news takes umbrage with the Parking Auction scenario.  Fair enough, everyone is entitled. However the most cogent argument is made by the writers mother. “It’ll never work. No New Yorker is going to sit … Continue reading

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