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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Parking Strategies a Good Model for Government Policy

You have to be careful talking about politics these days. Unless you’re sure the person sitting across from you shares all your views and opinions, you could be preaching to the choir or throwing water on the Gremlins. Nobody can deny … Continue reading

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Nobody Wants to be Responsible for Parking Lot Crime

Every time I drive I am aware of the risks involved: mechanical problems, accidents, falling trees, wayward pedestrians, and so on. My hope is that the odds will be in my favor. It’s the same when I park. I do … Continue reading

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Duluth to Prepare Residents for Yard-Parking Ban

In Duluth, Minnesota, a decision to enforce laws prohibiting residents from parking in their front yards has been put on hold. At duluthnewstribune.com it has been reported that enforcement will be delayed until next year to give the city time to inform residents … Continue reading

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World Series Parking a Hot Commodity

World Series fever has residents in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago firing up their entrepreneurial spirit. As the tournament plays out, parking in the area around Wrigley Field is scarce, so people who live there are selling their parking spots … Continue reading

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Windshield Barnacle Gets Trial Run

It’s possible that a tool for windshield obstruction will be just as effective at capturing parking scofflaws as the boot. The Barnacle is a flat, plastic device that attaches to and obscures visibility through car windshields. I’ve written about it before, but the Barnacle is starting to get … Continue reading

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Scofflaws Get Towed in Kittery, Maine

In Kittery, Maine, city officials are enforcing the city’s parking regulations with gusto. According to seacoastonline.com, drivers with five or more unpaid parking tickets will have their vehicles towed and will not be able to collect their vehicles until they … Continue reading

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No News is Not an Option

We used to call the way a news story played out a “spin.” The word refers to the way the news writers contextualize information so that readers absorb the details and the meta messages – meta messages being underlying themes … Continue reading

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UK Parking Dispute Goes R-Rated

It shouldn’t surprise me how far people are willing to go to address their parking issues. It shouldn’t, but it often does. There are the people who make fake handicapped placards, people who create fake parking spots, people who “lose” … Continue reading

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Boise Gives Up on Ticket Collection, Justice

In Boise, Idaho, a huge backlog of unpaid parking tickets has cost the city almost a million dollars. An article on americancityandcountry.com reports that Boise officials have just written off 47,000 tickets that haven’t been paid and can’t be enforced. According … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Prick Costs Target $4.6 Million

It’s not the kind of prick you are thinking – it’s the just-as-undesirable Sleeping Beauty kind of prick. A South Carolina woman was in a Target parking lot when her young daughter picked up a needle, reports al.com (Alabama). Horrified, … Continue reading

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