Monthly Archives: April 2013

Americans are addicted to parking

Actually, Americans are addicted to their cars, but you can’t have a car addiction without a parking addiction. An article about parking troubles at Ohio State University described parking issues that happen all over the country. There’s not enough parking … Continue reading

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Eat Play Park — Italy and FAAC

In the past year Italian gate operator manufacturer FAAC has purchased Switzerland’s ZEAG, Austria’s Magnetic Automation, and the US’s Datapark. Magnetic is a high end gate manufacturer with a successful track record and distribution channel. But what to do with … Continue reading

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Colorado to garnish tax refunds for unpaid parking fines

New technology has made it possible for the state of Colorado to cross reference DMV data and tax data so it can collect on unpaid parking tickets. The state is currently owed $721 million in outstanding debt. Now that’s what … Continue reading

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Park — Skidata

Skidata is known for its unique shaped gates and stunning equipment design. Although they have redesigned their ticket dispensers (to hold more tickets), the equipment still catches the eye. Their parking display area at their headquarters in Salzburg: Skidata equipment … Continue reading

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On the Road — Eat, Play — Salzburg

20 years ago crossing Europe was a difficult task.  Border guards asking for your “papers” and a gillion different currencies.  No more. Its like driving from Maine to Maryland. You don’t even realize when you cross the borders, except that … Continue reading

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On the Road — Eat, Play, Praha

Prague  — The Capital of the Czech Republic, a jewel of a city, an ancient city, a beautiful place.  As I drove across Germany to Praha (that’s Czech for Prague, sports fans) I couldn’t help think about the horrors of … Continue reading

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Parking and terrorism

The bombings in Boston have shaken all of us. I did not feel the blast, but I feel unsteady just the same. I wonder of this is our new reality – fear at large gatherings, danger in public spaces? We’re … Continue reading

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Play — on the Road — Berlin

I was heading to Prague — it was recommended from a good source — but I felt the drive from Kiel to the Czech Republic was too long for one day so I split it up and drove Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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Park — Kiel, Germany, and Designa

Designa CEO Thomas Waibel met me at my hotel and we caravaned the two miles to Designa Headquarters. It, too, is impressive.  The factory sits on a large campus, is ultra modern, although Thomas talks about his headquarters building as … Continue reading

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Eat, Play — on the Road to Kiel

Ahhh the Autobahn — Supposedly built by Hitler to move his war machine (this is not true as military equipment was moved by train to save fuel, however the German Government in the 1930s did use the construction of these … Continue reading

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