Monthly Archives: January 2013

What is going on out there – Rates up — Revenue Down?

As cities raise their parking fees, the expectation is that revenues would increase. Right? Well not so fast.  It seems that in two cities, San Francisco and Sacramento, the revenues are going DOWN?  What happened. Are people parking less because … Continue reading

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Free parking is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – not real, but we still love it

So I know John Van Horn goes nuts every time someone says “free parking” because there is no such thing. I get it. But as somebody who parks like a regular person, the idea of “free parking,” whether it’s real … Continue reading

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Welcome to Paul Smith

I would like to welcome Paul Martinez Smith to the blog. I have been looking for someone to take some of the blogging pressure, and Paul fills the bill. What he knows about parking he learned from driving his car. … Continue reading

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Reagan’s home could become a parking lot for Obama’s library

It’s great how parking lots are the catalyst for so many interesting discussions. According to this article President Ronald Reagan’s childhood home will most likely be razed to provide parking for President Barack Obama’s presidential library. Some people think it’s … Continue reading

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Those Evil Parking Meters Can Solve Some Problems

It was all over the news here in LA. A parker had gotten a ticket and just knew there was still time on the meter. He contacted a local TV station ombudsman for help and help he got. With the … Continue reading

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What a great way to educate — and sell — License Plate Enabled Parking

I attended a seminar today on License Plate Enabled Parking. Four companies (T2, Digital Payment Technologies, Park Mobile and Genetec) were the presenters, USC here in Los Angeles was the venue. This is really a great idea. Its is a … Continue reading

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Parking Meters Calm Neighborhoods in Mexico City

I have seen this in my travels.  Entrepreneurs use concrete blocks, furniture, or whatever to ‘reserve’ on street spaces for their clients.  They then rent out the spaces and extort a few bucks from the drivers, or maybe you car … Continue reading

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This Just might Work

Its a dark and lonely night.  The Parking Attendant is dozing when a car comes up to the booth. He reaches out for the driver’s ticket when he notices there is no driver. He begins to walk around the car … Continue reading

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My Kingdom for a Parking Garage

Chris Mordyk, columnist for News24 in Capetown South Africa has a pleasant piece about how wonderful it is to own a parking garage. You can read it here. As you read through, you find he isn’t talking about just any … Continue reading

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But I Wonder…..

I toured an upmarket city center hotel this past week and was wowed by the fancy software and hardware that was installed to facilitate the many different types of parkers that the facility attracts.  There are guests self park and … Continue reading

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