Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Accountability Counts

The average U.S. citizen has serious doubts about the effectiveness and honesty of government. When we think about it rationally, we know there’s no perfect system or perfect public official. Mistakes are going to be made. From my point of … Continue reading

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I’d Buy That App

There are a lot of dodgy smartphone apps for parking out there. Some sell you space that isn’t actually privately owned; others let you hold a space hostage until the ransom shows up. According to syracuse.com, the city of Syracuse, … Continue reading

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University Parking Raises High Dollars

At the University of Memphis, reports thedailyhelmsman.com, parking enforcement officers have brought in more than $2 million during the last 6 years. The ticket fines range in price from $10 to $200 for infractions including not displaying a permit correctly … Continue reading

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Free Parking Has Enemies

There are a lot of opinions out there and most of them are junk. I’m willing to include some of mine in the junk pile, but will continue to share the ones I’m really attached to. I read this one … Continue reading

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Trick or Ticket

It’s Halloween and there’s no pretending this is an ordinary day. Children across the country are out of their minds with joy, and their parents preparing for the inevitable dental bills. Still, parking is the topic, and there’s some tricky … Continue reading

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Parking Garage Goes Haywire

In Princeton, New Jersey, residents and city leaders are moaning, groaning and griping about a parking garage that has been a complete failure. The entire garage has malfunctioned, says the headline on nj.com.That sounds pretty serious. “There can’t be 20 … Continue reading

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Parking and the New Hampshire Supreme Court

In New Hampshire, Keene residents have formed a group they call Robin Hood of Keene, which roams the town feeding parking meters to save other residents from parking tickets. The group also carries out protests in close vicinity to parking … Continue reading

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Does anybody like parallel parking?

A survey conducted for a group called Easytrip in Ireland has revealed that 45 percent of Irish drivers will pass up a parking spot if it requires them to parallel park. Breakingnews.ie reports the statistic, that isn’t so much surprising … Continue reading

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Parking Meters Not a Good Fit in Every Town

So much of parking news is about new policies, new meters, new applications and the forward motion of the industry. So, I was intrigued by a headline I just read on parknews.biz: Carmichaels to remove parking meters Who takes out … Continue reading

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Parking Structure Attacks Lead to Increased Security

Thinking about the worst is the worst, but somebody’s got to do it. After two attacks on women at a downtown Minneapolis parking structure, local officials have increased police patrols and undercover presence in parking areas. According to myfoxtwincities.com, the … Continue reading

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