Monthly Archives: April 2012

Demand Based Pricing and “Basic Human Traits”

Cities are lining up to use supply and demand to set their parking rates.  This is of course how they should be set. But there is a problem. When gas stations raise or lower prices, there are huge signs telling … Continue reading

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It costs 6.5% to Handle ……….credit cards? NO CASH!!!

One of the companies represented at the Temecula Parking Group had done an extensive study on what it costs to take and process cash in parking operations.  Their goal was to compare the costs of handling cash to the fees … Continue reading

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Temecula Parking Group Meets in LA

The infamous Temecula Parking Group met this past weekend in LA.  The “Parking Think Tank” was my brainchild and has been meeting annually for the past six or seven years.  The name?  We began meeting in the Southern California Wine … Continue reading

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I’m a skeptic

OK — I just heard about a webinar that is coming this week: Designing products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design: Dr. Sharon Joines at … Continue reading

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Boffo PT Sent to Printer

The May issue of Parking Today has just been sent to the printer and its a winner, even from my slightly biased point of view. The 84 page magazine features a number of articles about parking trade shows. This spring … Continue reading

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How Much is Enough

I have been thinking a lot these days about information overload. Do we just have too much information too soon?  How can a reporter on the scene of an event report unbiased information if they are required to instantly give … Continue reading

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A Most Impressive Brit

A woman walked into the PT booth at Parkex and started to talk to me about disabled drivers, ‘blue badges’ and disabled motoring in the UK.  She is the editor of Disabled Motoring UK Magazine and her cover article this … Continue reading

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Should Scheidt and Bachmann Software be able to run Skidata TDs and POFs

And Vice Versa. In other words, is it a good thing for the parking industry to have a common interface between equipment supplied by different companies. That way, if Designa or Zeag came up with some hot new software you … Continue reading

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Atheists Call for Parking Charges on Sunday

San Luis Obispo, CA, is listening to a group called “Atheists United” who are demanding that parking rules be changed so that people going to church on Sunday pay for parking. If not, its discrimination against those who don’t go … Continue reading

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“Earning their repeat business”

I was rummaging around the parking blogosphere and ran across a post by IPI Prez Casey Jones. He was commenting on how necessary it was to interact positively with parking’s customers in the university setting to ‘earn their repeat business.’ … Continue reading

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