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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

RV Parking a Hassle for Everyone

It’s tough to find parking anywhere when you drive an RV. Renting space in a campground puts you in close proximity to a lot of people who don’t seem to need sleep; parking on an empty road or in a … Continue reading

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UK Drivers Avoid Pay-By-Phone Meters

In the UK, leaders at the Automobile Association say drivers are determinedly avoiding pay-by-phone stations. A survey of 16,000 of its members revealed 7 out of 10 would rather look for another place to park than pay by phone. According … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Lowers Fees for Parking App

It’s unusual for cities to lower prices for parking and services. I know those numbers have only gone up in my town. Parking meter fees have tripled, and prices for city classes and amenities have increased by 30 percent. So it’s … Continue reading

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Municipal Parking Meter Drama Plays Out Politely

One of my hobbies is to read news articles other people write and wonder what the sources didn’t share. Municipal leaders and staff are careful what they say to reporters, because a slip of the tongue can cost them their jobs and/or their reputations. When … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Parking Hog Making Neighbors Crazy

I knew “savesies” was a thing during winter months, but somebody in Philadelphia takes it pretty seriously year round, according to billypen.com. After 7 or 8 years of illegally saving his parking spot using chairs, trash cans and other items, … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Resident Pays $664,000 for Parking Space

Extreme real estate conditions in Hong Kong have lead to the sale of a private parking spot for $664,000.  The parking spot, located in Upton, a residential high-rise, is 188 square feet, reports South China Morning Post, scmp.com. The buyer is … Continue reading

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I Want to Drive my Own Car

John Van Horn’s got a lot to say about autonomous vehicles lately, and I’m going to take that as an invitation to explore the topic myself. You never want to be an old fart when the subject of new technology … Continue reading

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Stockton, Calif. Parking Meters Disappearing

In Stockton, Calif., almost 700 parking meters have gone missing in the last year. Recent video surveillance shows the thief rolling a stroller up to a meter and dismantling the meter head. He plops the meter head into the stroller … Continue reading

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New Themes for No Parking

Just another reason to distrust millennials – they don’t want cars. Maybe they’re trying to be environmentally friendly and financially responsible, but I think it’s something else. I think it’s because they don’t want to grow up. According to thenewstribune.com, in … Continue reading

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Dead People Hogging Parking Spots

A recent audit shows that there are at least 35,000 dead people in California with valid handicapped placards. The Sacramento Bee, sacbee.com, reports that when Department of Motor Vehicle handicapped placard records are compared to a federal database of deceased individuals, … Continue reading

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