Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Fine with fines

I don’t know what’s crazier: municipalities forcing people to pay for messed up parking tickets, or people spending huge amounts of time and energy to fight a messed up parking ticket, most especially when the ticket was only for $65. … Continue reading

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Machines don’t run without people

There was a time when people speculated that machines would eventually rule the world, but I think it’s been pretty well established that machines need people. We might all become slaves to our automated infrastructure, but we will still rule … Continue reading

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Back-in Parking too Tough for Some

In Paw Paw, Mich. residents are not completely sure the city’s new “back-on” policy is so simple. Fox News reports Paw Paw’s downtown is plagued with speed issues, congestion issues, and pedestrian and cyclist safety issues. They are trying to … Continue reading

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Hot doggie

People love their pets like children. They buy them personalized collars, beds and blankets; they buy them strollers and sweaters; they take them everywhere they go and pick up their poop; some even purchase special doggie seat belts so Fido … Continue reading

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Self-driving robotic automated parking system in use at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany

There are a lot of words in that headline, but when it comes to hot topics like “self driving” and “automated parking” there’s no use being coy. The system, called Ray, is a parking solution with a stylish twist. According … Continue reading

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Vandals Take Over Parking Enforcement

Somebody with a can of spray paint is telling Queens-area parkers they’re doing a bad job. Critical comments were painted on two cars overnight, reports Newyork.cbslocal.com. One driver had profanity painted on her car for taking up more space than … Continue reading

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The parking attendant stole my money…

…except he wasn’t the parking attendant. In Denver, a parking lot employee poseur has been taking money from parking patrons, even though the signs state clearly for them to “pay machine only.” According to denver.cbslocal.com: “Police hope to catch the … Continue reading

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Venue needed for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Shakespeare said “All the world is a stage” and he was right, thoughI’m not sure he was thinking of parking lots. Some 20 years ago a group of would-be thespians put together Shakespeare in the Parking Lot in New York … Continue reading

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Hallelujah for Free Sunday Parking!

The end of Sunday parking fees is here. After a year or so of charging for Sunday meter parking, San Francisco is repenting its policy. Mayor Ed Lee has seen the light and cancelled the Sunday paid parking program to … Continue reading

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The Dead Park for Free

There’s always a lot to say about the abuse of disabled parking placards, and usually, it’s about the low-down, rotten people cheating the system. This article gives adequate attention to the cheaters, but makes a good point that the system … Continue reading

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