Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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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Show Me the Money

The owners of FlightCar, a service that organizes the rental of private vehicles from airports, have just scored a $13.5 million investment deal with GGV Capital. The money will be used for expansion to Seattle and other airports. FlightCar offers … Continue reading

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Drive Up Donations

Just when you start to think the world is a dirty, ugly, awful place, you read about parking meter donations raising $8,500 for the homeless. In San Luis Obispo, reports kcbx.org, special parking meters places throughout the city give residents … Continue reading

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University Parking Often Scores Low

It wouldn’t be college without some parking issues – learning to deal with adversity is an important part of being an adult. Students at Missouri State University are having a hard time finding parking, in part because of the loss … Continue reading

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Fine with fines

I don’t know what’s crazier: municipalities forcing people to pay for messed up parking tickets, or people spending huge amounts of time and energy to fight a messed up parking ticket, most especially when the ticket was only for $65. … Continue reading

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Machines don’t run without people

There was a time when people speculated that machines would eventually rule the world, but I think it’s been pretty well established that machines need people. We might all become slaves to our automated infrastructure, but we will still rule … Continue reading

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Back-in Parking too Tough for Some

In Paw Paw, Mich. residents are not completely sure the city’s new “back-on” policy is so simple. Fox News reports Paw Paw’s downtown is plagued with speed issues, congestion issues, and pedestrian and cyclist safety issues. They are trying to … Continue reading

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