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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Anything Can Happen in a Parking Lot

There’s no end to the list of unusual things that happen in parking lots. Babies delivered, deer hunted, murder, and the occasional proposal of marriage. Something on the happy end of weird recently occurred in a parking lot in in Anchorage, Alaska: … Continue reading

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All Hail, Parking

Storm season isn’t over in the Plains states. Another ugly bunch of weather is circling the region right now. Reading about the tornadoes, hail and floods hitting the middle part of the country reminds me of my years in Texas … Continue reading

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Parking Official Gives Himself a Ticket

In Groveland, Florida, Police Chief Melvin Tennyson is out $45, but he has saved himself piles and piles of trouble. According to orlandosentinel.com, Tennyson parked illegally, his car blocking a sidewalk near city hall. A member of his department pointed … Continue reading

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The Power of Parking

Oakland A’s fans are angry because their regular “Free Parking Tuesday” game isn’t going to come with free parking after all. According to ktvu.com, the free parking promotion won’t be honored this Tuesday because of the NBA playoff game going on … Continue reading

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Some Women Can’t Drive

Sometimes you can ignore your own complacency and sometimes your complacency earns you a kick in the head. I’m well versed in the parking culture in the United States, and use this forum regularly to share my opinions, but read … Continue reading

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Parking laws apply to superstars, too

Maybe she has too much money, too many fans, too much fame or spent too many years living in England, but it appears Madonna thinks she can make up her own parking laws. She didn’t want anybody parking in front … Continue reading

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Turning Parking into Housing

It’s all a matter of perspective. A vacant parking garage is a failed venture to some, and a structure of enormous potential to others. Architect Alfredo Brillembourg has an interesting plan for unused parking structures in Europe: turn them into housing. … Continue reading

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Parking for the Rich and Famous

You think you’ve heard of every possible parking configuration possible. You think you’ve heard of every extreme parking scenario ever formed. But then you read something on nypost.com that opens your eyes a little. A high-end apartment complex in Sunny … Continue reading

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Philly Resident Creates Map of City Parking Rules

A Philadelphia woman has turned her parking obsession into a comprehensive and interactive map of parking regulations on the city’s streets. According to citylab.com, Lauren Ancona was curious about parking rules in Philadelphia, and when she couldn’t find posted signs or even documents … Continue reading

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Airport Parking Needs a Lift

From my experience, choices for airport parking are average, below-average and bad. What motivation does an airport parking provider have to offer amazing customer service and attractive perks to its customers when none of them really has the option to … Continue reading

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