Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

A New Twist on Valet Parking

We are all used to driving to a valet, but what if he came to us? That’s the premise of an enterprise called Luxe. In New York City, where Luxe has just begun offering service, car owners drive to their … Continue reading

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New Orleans Parking Officers Busy Drinking Coffee

It’s reported that some New Orleans parking enforcement officers are in a world of trouble. They are suspected of wasting time sitting around coffee shops and retaliating against a business that pointed out their bad behavior, reports www.abc.go.com. Those were … Continue reading

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Holiday Parking a Mysterious Phrase

In Manhattan Beach, California, where street parking is illegal on weekends and holidays, residents are sounding off about tickets they received on July 3, according to sheepsheadbites.com. The confusion arose from different ideas about which dates are holidays and which … Continue reading

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New Housing, Old Parking Discussion

In Seattle, a new housing project is bringing up a very old parking argument, reports mynorthwest.com. In Eastlake, city council leaders have waived some parking requirements for developments near bus lines. Community members say the waiver has caused a rush … Continue reading

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Stick it to the Man

Some activists in Brazil gave new meaning to the term “Stick it to the Man.” They weren’t rebelling against authority, but they did put a scofflaw in a sticky situation. According to www.mirror.co.uk, a man who illegally parked in  a … Continue reading

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Sad People Get Tickets, Too

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, members of the community are very unhappy about parking tickets they received while attending a funeral, reports minnesota.cbslocal.com. Vadnais Heights resident Amy Baker said she was devastated by the loss of her 44-year-old friend and neighbor. “He … Continue reading

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A Pope’s Perspective in Parking

I guess a Pope gets to talk about whatever he wants. In a recently released paper, Pope Francis addresses a need for changes in urban planning, including architecture and parking, reports The Washington Post. His overall message is that a … Continue reading

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My Kind of Technology

Of all the things that are frustrating in life, dealing with municipal government is high on the list. As an outsider, you have no understanding of the process, the timeline, or the heavy hand of bureaucracy. According to pix11.com, A … Continue reading

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Parking Meter Bugs Bite

Credit card capable meters in Columbus, Ohio, take credit cards but don’t allow credit card users to pay for anything less than two hours, reports The Columbus Dispatch at dispatch.com. City workers, especially, have felt the sting of this misguided … Continue reading

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Collection is the hardest part of enforcement

In Statesville, North Carolina, local leaders are just about to give up on collecting more than $37,000 in uncollected parking tickets. They might have done it already if their city council members showed up to meetings in numbers that would … Continue reading

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