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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Numbers Don’t Lie

On Parknews.biz, it’s reported that parkbytext users in Ireland used the service for 900,000 parking transactions in 2016. The company also reached a happy milestone: 100,000 registered users. The great thing about mobile payment applications and technologies is that the … Continue reading

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Parking Finds its Way into Art, Religion

I think it’s fascinating the way parking issues and experiences cross all kinds of political, cultural and social borders. On the same day I read about a reincarnated Druid king objecting to parking charges at Stonehenge, I also come across … Continue reading

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Car Lost in Parking Garage for Six Months

A Scotland man borrowed a friend’s car six months ago and lost it. According to autoblog.com, the individual, who sounds like the worst friend ever, used a pal’s BMW to drive to a concert in Manchester. He parked the car in … Continue reading

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Good Will to All

The biggest news in parking today is how bad it is right now. Between the crowds and the weather, I don’t envy anybody who has to be out and about during the next two days. Still, stress is just another … Continue reading

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Vegas Residents Getting Vocal about Paid Parking on the Strip

As more Vegas hotels implement a charge for parking, the discussion about why they would or if they should widens. A reviewjournal.com columnist named Wayne Allyn Root is suggesting that hotel and casino patrons share their opinion of paid parking on the … Continue reading

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ParqEx: Airbnb for Parking

In Chicago, reports chicagobusiness.com, an app called ParqEx is helping people rent out their under-used parking spaces. Participants register their parking spot, pay a 20 percent service charge for the app to administer the transaction, and make hundreds of dollars … Continue reading

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Parking Strategies a Good Model for Government Policy

You have to be careful talking about politics these days. Unless you’re sure the person sitting across from you shares all your views and opinions, you could be preaching to the choir or throwing water on the Gremlins. Nobody can deny … Continue reading

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Nobody Wants to be Responsible for Parking Lot Crime

Every time I drive I am aware of the risks involved: mechanical problems, accidents, falling trees, wayward pedestrians, and so on. My hope is that the odds will be in my favor. It’s the same when I park. I do … Continue reading

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Duluth to Prepare Residents for Yard-Parking Ban

In Duluth, Minnesota, a decision to enforce laws prohibiting residents from parking in their front yards has been put on hold. At duluthnewstribune.com it has been reported that enforcement will be delayed until next year to give the city time to inform residents … Continue reading

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World Series Parking a Hot Commodity

World Series fever has residents in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago firing up their entrepreneurial spirit. As the tournament plays out, parking in the area around Wrigley Field is scarce, so people who live there are selling their parking spots … Continue reading

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