Monthly Archives: November 2013

Now, About Thanksgiving…

It would be easy to put on my curmudgeon hat and grump around about Football, Turkey, and green bean casserole. But I rather like this day. First of all, its on Thursday, not Monday. The government in its infinite wisdom … Continue reading

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Park and Be Generous

It’s heartwarming that the simple act of parking can be transformed into a gesture of giving. Red parking meters in downtown San Diego take payments for parking, as well as donations for individuals and families in need. According to the … Continue reading

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Republic’s Jim Berry Dies at 83

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Jim Berry, head of Republic Parking System and the owner of some major downtown buildings, died this morning. Berry’s company became a leading parking management firm after having begun as an operator of parking areas … Continue reading

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Marilyn Etheridge Joins PIE

The Parking Industry Exhibition is pleased to announce that Marilyn Etheridge has joined the organization as its team leader in charge of attendee outreach. Her focus will be telling the PIE story to potential attendees and communicating with them to … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Little Details

Correspondent Mark pointed this story in my direction. Seems researchers at Carnegie Mellon are discovering that all electric vehicles, being mandated by governments far and wide, may have an infrastructure problem that can’t be solved by placing charging stations in … Continue reading

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Apples and Apples?

Chad Reed of 3M and I were discussing how one company can make a different in an industry. He noted that Apple had completely changed the music industry with iTunes and iPods and the way they distribute music. Could one … Continue reading

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This Week

I have had a great week in Parking. I spend Monday dinner with Marilyn Etheridge in Tampa. She has joined the PIE crew to help bring attendees to the event. More about that later. On Tuesday I met with Mike … Continue reading

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Where were you when…

There’s something about huge tragedies that lodge forever in our memories. The Hindenburg disaster (no I wasn’t around for that). Pearl Harbor, (not that either), JFK’s assassination, the Challenger disaster, when Lady Diana was killed, and yes 911. All of … Continue reading

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A Government Website that’s got Glitches, but Makes Sense

A new website created by the City of Los Angeles will show drivers where they can expect to get a ticket or where they can park without being cited on any particular day. The idea sounds a bit dodgy at … Continue reading

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Parking Reservations: Peace of Mind…

I had a most interesting discussion with Mike Harley, COO of SMC Software.  Amongst other things, we discussed parking reservations and I gave my usual response that the whole concept was a solution in search of a problem. Mike gave … Continue reading

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