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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

California Offers Another Break on Parking Tickets

First, Los Angeles tells the homeless they can work off their parking fines if they don’t have the money to pay them. Now California leaders are talking about a bill that creates a payment plan for frequent illegal parking offenders. According to laweekly.com, the bill would allow … Continue reading

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March Madness Creating Parking Madness

In every big sports event there are winners and losers, both on the field and in the parking lot. According to fox6now.com, Milwaukee is a teeming mess of parking problems these days. Residents are upset by huge increases in parking … Continue reading

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Parking is No Holiday in Waikiki

A lot of parking issues only exist in specific scenarios. Manhattan has different parking challenges than Overland, Kansas. Las Vegas has different parking  requirements than Juno, Alaska. My hometown, for instance, doesn’t have a lot of parking issues because it’s small, … Continue reading

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Handicapped Parking Abusers Don’t Need a Break

Handicapped parking abuse is a theme in every city and ever town. Cheaters know they’re probably not going to get caught, so they take their chances for the convenience of easy parking – and they are usually rewarded. In Joliet, Illinois, … Continue reading

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Baby Named for Parking Lot

Babies don’t agree to stick to any kind of schedule – before (or after) they’re born, so a good number of them seem to make their arrivals in odd places. One common theme for the unexpected delivery is the parking lot. Hospital … Continue reading

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Killing them With Kindness

Los Angeles city leaders have voted to pass a resolution called the Community Assistance Parking Program to help the homeless pay off their parking fines, reports laweekly.com. The program allows people who are homeless, but who live in their cars, … Continue reading

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Parking Scam Targets Elderly

In the Las Vegas area, criminals are using their acting skills to steal from unsuspecting parkers. At news3LV.com, it’s reported that the perpetrators approach people in parking lots and convince the victims that a fender bender has occurred. The thieves blame the … Continue reading

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New Android App Predicts Ease/Difficulty of Finding Parking

Some of us rely on common sense and experience to predict parking challenges. We strategize arrival times, head for favorite streets and do our best to avoid parking hassles. It doesn’t always work. There are things we can’t factor like … Continue reading

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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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