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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Imaginary Parking Spaces Crowding Norfolk, Virginia

In their efforts to facilitate commercial use of historic buildings, planning officials in Norfolk, Virginia have been relying on a creative application of parking requirements. As older buildings are converted to new businesses, the city bypasses parking minimums by offering a credit for one space … Continue reading

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Politics and Parking

I’m not going to share my political opinions, and goodness knows we’re going to be subjected to months more of a steady stream of ridiculous and annoying back and forth blather from the candidates, so nobody wants to read about it here. … Continue reading

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Seattle PARKday Extended to Two Days

Seattle is taking worldwide PARKing Day a step further by celebrating it for two days in a row. It seems Seattle residents really love the event, and the city has received so many requests for permits that leaders have added … Continue reading

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Self-driving Car Fatality Shakes Industry

Self-driving car makers are coping with the ramifications of a road death in a self-driving car. It’s a tragedy that should be of note for the parking industry, as well. I saw the headlines a week ago, when a Tesla … Continue reading

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Vets-Only Parking Creates Controversy

Earlier this month, retired Navy Veteran Rebecca Landis Hayes used a “vets only” parking spot in Concord, North Carolina and found a nasty note on her windshield accusing her of disrespect and selfishness. The note’s author, someone who saw Hayes and decided … Continue reading

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Metered Parking for Sale by the Day

In Montclair, New Jersey, parking meter spaces can be rented by the day, reports northjersey.com. It’s not a new policy, but an old one that’s been brought into the open in an interesting way. Franco Porporino, general manager of Fresco, pays … Continue reading

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Don’t Take It Out on the Meters

A 30-cent per hour increase in parking meter prices in Southwest Washington, D.C. has allegedly incited acts of vandalism against meters in the area. According to afro.com, the higher prices have made parking more difficult in an already congested neighborhood. … Continue reading

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Anything Can Happen in a Parking Lot

There’s no end to the list of unusual things that happen in parking lots. Babies delivered, deer hunted, murder, and the occasional proposal of marriage. Something on the happy end of weird recently occurred in a parking lot in in Anchorage, Alaska: … Continue reading

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All Hail, Parking

Storm season isn’t over in the Plains states. Another ugly bunch of weather is circling the region right now. Reading about the tornadoes, hail and floods hitting the middle part of the country reminds me of my years in Texas … Continue reading

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Parking Official Gives Himself a Ticket

In Groveland, Florida, Police Chief Melvin Tennyson is out $45, but he has saved himself piles and piles of trouble. According to orlandosentinel.com, Tennyson parked illegally, his car blocking a sidewalk near city hall. A member of his department pointed … Continue reading

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