Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Sad People Get Tickets, Too

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, members of the community are very unhappy about parking tickets they received while attending a funeral, reports minnesota.cbslocal.com. Vadnais Heights resident Amy Baker said she was devastated by the loss of her 44-year-old friend and neighbor. “He … Continue reading

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A Pope’s Perspective in Parking

I guess a Pope gets to talk about whatever he wants. In a recently released paper, Pope Francis addresses a need for changes in urban planning, including architecture and parking, reports The Washington Post. His overall message is that a … Continue reading

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My Kind of Technology

Of all the things that are frustrating in life, dealing with municipal government is high on the list. As an outsider, you have no understanding of the process, the timeline, or the heavy hand of bureaucracy. According to pix11.com, A … Continue reading

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Parking Meter Bugs Bite

Credit card capable meters in Columbus, Ohio, take credit cards but don’t allow credit card users to pay for anything less than two hours, reports The Columbus Dispatch at dispatch.com. City workers, especially, have felt the sting of this misguided … Continue reading

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Collection is the hardest part of enforcement

In Statesville, North Carolina, local leaders are just about to give up on collecting more than $37,000 in uncollected parking tickets. They might have done it already if their city council members showed up to meetings in numbers that would … Continue reading

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Perfect Parking Doesn’t Exist

I don’t know if it’s an American thing or not, but I’d be willing to bet it is: we expect perfection a lot more often than it’s realistically possible. Let’s just say we expect it for two hours a day, … Continue reading

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Parking’s Rising Stars Can Bring Notice to the Indusrty

Parking is evolving every day, and it’s got some new super stars. Serge Gojkovich CEO of CurbStand was just included as a featured guest on Business Rockstars at businessrockstars.com. One of the exciting aspects of this media attention is that notice … Continue reading

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Parking isn’t Going Away

A new app-driven driver service promises users they will never have to park again. According to sandiego6.com, Zirx provides personal valet parking services. Users summon a valet who takes their car to the nearest Zirx parking lot and returns with … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Mayor Vetos Residential Parking Plan

In a growing destination neighborhood called Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, city leaders and residents have reached an impasse over parking. According to wlwt.com, the city has poured money into the OTR district and had success in creating a desirable retail and … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Crashes Up in Vancouver

In Vancouver, CTV Vancouver reports that the annual number of auto collisions has increased slightly in the last 13 years, but the percentage of auto collisions that occur in parking lots has increased greatly. Between 1996 and 2013, the number … Continue reading

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