Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

New Meters Considered as Upside-down Parking Fix

In Roanoke, city officials are planning a 90-day test of parking meters to see if they could be widely implemented in the downtown area. Some 15 years ago the city removed parking meters to attract more visitors to its commercial … Continue reading

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Simple Conflict Resolution Tactics: Skip to the End

A new Trader Joe’s market in Denver is attracting a lot of attention, and not all of it is good. Parking has become an issue for shoppers and residents – mainly, there’s not enough in the lot for shoppers so … Continue reading

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Parking Perks Purged

In Pittsburgh, major political changes are brewing. What’s happened is that the city’s new mayor Bill Peduto has eliminated 242 of the free parking passes given out by the former mayor, Luke Ravenstahl. Mayor Peduto reports that free parking passes … Continue reading

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Meeting Challenges with Creativity

Cold weather forces people to make a lot of adjustments and even without the impact of the polar vortex, Boston’s Logan Airport faces a yearly surge of travelers trying to escape freezing temperatures. An annual school holiday puts thousands of … Continue reading

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People Don’t Agree to Pay for Parking

When I read news articles about parking I’m always shocked by the concern parking industry policy makers show when the public voices its displeasure about paid parking. It’s a nice gesture, but is technically not necessary. Parking leaders might be … Continue reading

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Less parking, more parks

I’m an American, and one thing that says about me is that I like my parking plentiful and I like it free. I also talk loud, wear clunky white sneakers and eat junk food like a seagull – at least, … Continue reading

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Parking Plans and Schemes

In Uttlesford, near Saffron Walden, Essex, England, the latest parking headline reads “Cashless Parking Scheme Launched Across Uttlesford.” The area’s district council has taken on the latest in technology at the urging of residents and business owners. It interests me … Continue reading

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Permit Parking Restricts Residents, Too

People will do a lot to protect their parking – they’ll even shoot themselves in the foot. Residents in a Portland neighborhood are considering permit-only parking regulations for their streets to fend off parkers from a nearby rail line. For … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Parking Always Makes the News

The big game is just days away, and already, stories about parking on Super Bowl Sunday are filling the news. It’s not just the congestion around the area that will make it hard for everyone to park – residents and … Continue reading

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I fought the law, and the law won

An Australian man recently got a $110 ticket for stopping at a yellow curb for 3 seconds. He was letting some family members out of the car outside of a local shopping mall. Now he’s shocked and appalled. According to … Continue reading

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