Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Residents Win Fight Against ParkAtlanta

Around 6 years ago, then Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin hired a private firm to enforce parking in her city. At the time, Atlanta had given up on its own enforcement program and needed a little of the money it was losing … Continue reading

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Boston Pushes App with Free Parking Bonus

The city of Boston has announced that smartphone users who download the ParkBoston app with receive two hours of free metered parking this holiday season. The parking bonus is offered as an incentive to purchase the app. No doubt, Boston … Continue reading

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Meter Failure Hits Harrisburg in the Pocket

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania meter parking is free today because all of the city’s 170 meters are suffering from a glitch that prints the wrong date on receipts. Standard Parking, which operates the city’s meters, reported “global meter failure” occurred late Sunday … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Using Parking Lots to House Homeless

The threat of severe weather in Southern California this winter and coming spring has city leaders considering the needs of the homeless. According to lacurbed.com, Los Angeles officials are extending the dates of a regular winter “shelter crisis” designation that allows people … Continue reading

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Fines are fine

In Helena, Montana, parking officials are considering charging a $20 administrative fee for drivers who don’t pay their ticket fines within seven days, according to helenair.com. The city ticket charges are $10 for expired meters and $25 in timed parking areas. The Helena Parking Commission is … Continue reading

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Old Parking Meters Now Collectibles

People have been collecting antique industrial items for years. Street signs, printing press forms, and old tools are all collector’s items. In Saskatoon, Canada, pay stations were recently installed, and now, according to thestarphoenix.com, residents are lining up to buy … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Attendant Imposters Strike Atlanta

In Atlanta, parkers were made painfully aware of the effort criminals will make to steal their money. According to 11alive.com, a crew of criminals posed as parking lot attendants took parking fees and booting fees from unsuspecting tourists. Now, tourists … Continue reading

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Google Parking Lot the Next Affordable Housing Tract

Google’s not just a website we go to ask questions about metrics, diseases we are afraid we might have, and how to spell “accommodate” (two c’s and two m’s), it’s also an actual office complex where employees live like kings. Sure they … Continue reading

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Parking Meters Help the Homeless

Four years ago the Downtown San Diego Partnership installed “Donation Station” parking meters to collect money for the homeless. The meters are installed on private property and do not collect parking fees. The number of meters installed has reached 21 … Continue reading

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Airbnb Apologizes for Ad Campaign

A little bad attitude goes a long way, especially when it gets turned into print ads and billboards. Airbnb recently lashed out at the city of San Francisco for enforcing its tax laws and requiring the company to pay back … Continue reading

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