Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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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Technology tackles handicapped parking fraud

Technology and parking have a complicated relationship. In some areas, technology is embraced; in other areas, it is reviled. Sometimes, technology is used in ways that undermine parking regulations; and sometimes it is used to support them. Lately, a Folsom, … Continue reading

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Free Parking for Veterans

In New Jersey, according to NJ.com, state leaders are considering bills that would offer free meter parking for disabled veterans and Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipients. “…these warriors would be exempted from paying fees at municipal parking … Continue reading

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Selfish Parkers Fined in England

In the West Midlands area of England, a parking authorities serving railway and metro stations are cracking down on “selfish” parkers. It’s a surprising, yet refreshing, approach to parking enforcement, and I like it. According to expressandstar.com, rude individuals are … Continue reading

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Parking Reform and Affordable Housing in NYC

I’ll admit, I’ve never thought about parking reform and affordable housing as a combination, but then, I’m not an industry expert. So, I read this article on curbed.com and learned some things I really didn’t know. Contrary to what I … Continue reading

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