Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

The Sign Says “Read Sign Carefully”

A Los Angeles website that claims to highlight the best and the worst of LaLa land has published a photo of a 1-minute parking sign. LAist.com reports the sign is in the Brentwood area and that officials have been notified … Continue reading

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Under overpass parking eliminated in Birmingham

In Birmingham, Alabama near the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, some 700 parking spots are about to be eliminated. According to Al.com the Alabama Department of Transportation has mandated that the parking lot under Interstate 20/59 be closed due to safety issues. … Continue reading

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Theft is a Wake Up Call

Some people take the concept of “profit sharing” into their own hands. An employee is believed to have stolen $336 from a Jeanette, Pennsylvania city lot that only recently began charging for parking. That’s not a lot of money, but … Continue reading

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An Adventure In Parking

There’s a lot of parking news out there – and even a special place for the best of it to be gathered at ParkNews.biz. Between all the technical and legal stuff I found this particular piece and it is highly … Continue reading

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An education in parking near schools

Schools are notorious for creating parking issues. Whether it’s an elementary school, high school trade school or university, the parking situation is going to be cyclical and crowded. For the people who live near schools, this is, at the very … Continue reading

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How We Kill Capitalism

Here’s a new one, Citi Bike, a bike-sharing program in New York City, is being required to reimburse New York for revenue lost since 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal: Such parking reimbursement requirements aren’t common, according to Paul … Continue reading

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When technology turns against us

My grandmother lived to be 99 years old. She was born in a tent in the middle of nowhere and lived to see the inventions of the car, electricity, the phone, the computer and so many other technological advances. I … Continue reading

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Demand and scarcity in parking

It’s a pretty basic rule of economics: if there is a high demand for your service, you can charge more for that service. A related, but, not exactly converse theory, is: if demand is low, reduce inventory to create scarcity. … Continue reading

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Fortune cookie says: Cars are getting smarter

I like to stay apprised of current events and I recently read about the threat of impending worldwide devastation due to melting ice in Antarctica. Scientists say the damage global warming has done to the icecaps is now irreversible. They’ve … Continue reading

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Bananas for Monkey Parking

A new smartphone app is connecting people who need parking with people who have parking. In congested cities like Boston, reports CBS Boston’s The Daily Talker, Monkey Parking is an app that lets drivers buy a parking spot from the … Continue reading

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