Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Perfect Parking Doesn’t Exist

I don’t know if it’s an American thing or not, but I’d be willing to bet it is: we expect perfection a lot more often than it’s realistically possible. Let’s just say we expect it for two hours a day, … Continue reading

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Parking’s Rising Stars Can Bring Notice to the Indusrty

Parking is evolving every day, and it’s got some new super stars. Serge Gojkovich CEO of CurbStand was just included as a featured guest on Business Rockstars at businessrockstars.com. One of the exciting aspects of this media attention is that notice … Continue reading

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Parking isn’t Going Away

A new app-driven driver service promises users they will never have to park again. According to sandiego6.com, Zirx provides personal valet parking services. Users summon a valet who takes their car to the nearest Zirx parking lot and returns with … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Mayor Vetos Residential Parking Plan

In a growing destination neighborhood called Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, city leaders and residents have reached an impasse over parking. According to wlwt.com, the city has poured money into the OTR district and had success in creating a desirable retail and … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Crashes Up in Vancouver

In Vancouver, CTV Vancouver reports that the annual number of auto collisions has increased slightly in the last 13 years, but the percentage of auto collisions that occur in parking lots has increased greatly. Between 1996 and 2013, the number … Continue reading

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Truckers Need Parking, Too

Every once in awhile, an untapped market rears its head. According to ozarksfirst.com, Arkansas truckers are complaining that they don’t have enough parking. The truckers are required to rest for 10 hours to every 11 they drive, but some say … Continue reading

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CBS LA Goes After Handicapped Fraud

Handicapped placard fraud is going on everywhere and all the time, but enforcement is only sporadic at best. According to losangeles.cbslocal.com, a recent CBSLA investigation showed scammers are actually selling handicapped placards on Craigslist. The sting showed that some of … Continue reading

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Credit Card Capabilities Double Revenue in Minneapolis

According to vita.mn, Minneapolis has doubled its meter revenue since the implementation of credit card capable meters in 2010. Profits have gone from $4.6 million to $8.7 million. This is good news on several levels, report city officials, because the … Continue reading

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Old Traditions Die Hard

One of the oldest and most often used tactics in sales is to employ a woman in a bikini. A short skirt will do just as well. It’s safe to say we’ve reached a place in history where this gimmick … Continue reading

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Multitasking Parking

In Denver, Colorado, a company called Flight Car is striking up an interesting bargain with its customers. They can park for free if Flight Car can rent out their vehicles while they’re away. According to 9news.com: Flight Car offers customers … Continue reading

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