Monthly Archives: July 2013

Parking: privilege or scourge?

John Van Horn and I aren’t the only people trying to be eloquent on the subject of parking. It’s a popular subject online and in print. A Long Island writer recently put down a whole lot of words that delineated … Continue reading

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Kudos to Ace Parking

The San Diego based parking operator sprung for $15K to help the local PD purchase bicycles for their patrols. You can read the press release here. This is the kind of thing that keeps the parking industry in good stead … Continue reading

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The Brits are listening to me…

If you read the parking blog from the bottom up, you would have read my earlier bon mots about cities not using parking revenue to ‘top up’ a budget shortfall. Well, the courts in the UK are doing something about … Continue reading

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Here’s a Solution that no one will like

The City of Palo Alto, CA has a problem. The downtown area doesn’t have enough parking and the employees of downtown are parking in the nearby neighborhoods, which upsets the homeowners. The local parking folks are recommending a residential permit … Continue reading

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Is the money for enforcement, or for the ‘General Fund’

There seems to be a lot of conversation out there about the reasons cities set parking fines the way they do. In some cases the fines are very low, other times, over the top. As parking rates have increased, sometimes … Continue reading

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Parking ideas from real people

It seems Seattle has found another way to be cooler than the rest of us. Area business owners are applying for permission to build “parklets” in parking spaces in front of their stores and restaurants. The non-permanent parklet platforms would … Continue reading

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Complicated parking scenarios mean more tickets

A merchant in Haverhill, New Hampshire says new paid parking policies are not working. You’d expect her to be complaining about the charges and the way they are driving away her business, but that is not her gripe. Due to … Continue reading

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The Pink Martini just get Better and Better

The eclectic jazz/pop who knows what to call them group Pink Martini played the Hollywood Bowl this weekend and mesmerized the audience with music from around the world.  They sang in French, German, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Farsi, plus … Continue reading

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The Computers are Taking Over

A guy in Milwaukee got tired of paying late fees for delinquent parking tickets and has created an automated payment system. The “Ninja-like” technology trolls his city’s database for tickets issued to his license plate number and alerts him when … Continue reading

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An On Street Anniversary — Yesterday

Yesterday, July 16, 1935, was the year that Oklahoma City installed the first parking meter. Invented by Carl C. Magee, the mechanical meter would become ubiquitous on our nation’s streets. Why?  Because it did what it was supposed to do. … Continue reading

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