Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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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Cheaters Sometimes Prosper

In the wealthy town of Aspen, Colorado there are still people who find themselves short of money. So short, in fact, they found a way to cheat parking meters so they could get parking for free. They had lots of … Continue reading

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Meter Prank Sets Off Parking Discussion in Small Town

In the tiny two-stoplight town of Winters, Calif., an April Fool’s Day trick has inspired public debate on the subject of parking. Some prankster put up a working parking meter in front of a local business, and a few residents … Continue reading

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The Show is Going On

Parking Today’s talented team is toiling away today at Day 3 of the Parking Industry Exhibition. While not everybody could make it to the trade show, including myself, there are ways to access the helpful information PIE presenters are sharing. … Continue reading

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Customize Parking Options Whenever Possible

A parking plan for two cities in coastal England is drawing mixed reviews. According to www.telegraph.co.uk, leaders in Brighton and Hove are considering reducing parking prices on rainy days in hopes that the discount will draw more visitors. So far, … Continue reading

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Meters and Cars and Bikes, Oh My

Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has just announced a plan to make his city’s streets friendlier, reports Boston.com. The announcement outlined a detailed approach to making transportation and parking easier for everybody. Part 1. A section of Commonwealth Avenue will be … Continue reading

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Can I park at a broken meter?

Most of my individual parking issues are caused by a lack of information. Sure, I got my driver’s license all those years ago and proved I could make left turns, park and decipher the color codes on the curb, but … Continue reading

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People Parking Badly

Nobody took more than their share of a lane; nobody drove off the deck of the parking garage, but people in Goodwood, Australia, are such bad parkers they earned themselves the right to pay for parking. According to news.com.au, Goodwood … Continue reading

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The People Want What They Want

I know that within the parking industry, paid parking is not seen as a factor that inhibits growth or business in retail areas, but the average parker strongly disagrees. In Dearborn, Michigan, city leaders are creating a parking plan that … Continue reading

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Meter thief caught – $1 million later

A security guard in Sweden has been arrested and ordered to return more than $1 million (U.S.) he stole from parking meters in Malmo. The employee of a company hired to empty the meters, the man spent the last 10 … Continue reading

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