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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Windshield Barnacle Gets Trial Run

It’s possible that a tool for windshield obstruction will be just as effective at capturing parking scofflaws as the boot. The Barnacle is a flat, plastic device that attaches to and obscures visibility through car windshields. I’ve written about it before, but the Barnacle is starting to get … Continue reading

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Scofflaws Get Towed in Kittery, Maine

In Kittery, Maine, city officials are enforcing the city’s parking regulations with gusto. According to seacoastonline.com, drivers with five or more unpaid parking tickets will have their vehicles towed and will not be able to collect their vehicles until they … Continue reading

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No News is Not an Option

We used to call the way a news story played out a “spin.” The word refers to the way the news writers contextualize information so that readers absorb the details and the meta messages – meta messages being underlying themes … Continue reading

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UK Parking Dispute Goes R-Rated

It shouldn’t surprise me how far people are willing to go to address their parking issues. It shouldn’t, but it often does. There are the people who make fake handicapped placards, people who create fake parking spots, people who “lose” … Continue reading

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Boise Gives Up on Ticket Collection, Justice

In Boise, Idaho, a huge backlog of unpaid parking tickets has cost the city almost a million dollars. An article on americancityandcountry.com reports that Boise officials have just written off 47,000 tickets that haven’t been paid and can’t be enforced. According … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Prick Costs Target $4.6 Million

It’s not the kind of prick you are thinking – it’s the just-as-undesirable Sleeping Beauty kind of prick. A South Carolina woman was in a Target parking lot when her young daughter picked up a needle, reports al.com (Alabama). Horrified, … Continue reading

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City Lets Merchants Enforce Parking

There’s a new sheriff in town in Astoria, Oregon. City leaders have just agreed to let downtown merchants enforce parking regulations. According to dailyastorian.com, the city council has given authority to issue tickets to the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. A member … Continue reading

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Park-and-Ride a Rising Market for Parking Industry

Every once in awhile I have a million-dollar idea that I wish I could make reality. The truth is, I’m a writer, not an entrepreneur. I can live with that. An article I just read on parknews.biz gave me my … Continue reading

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Texas Judge Takes Parking Law Into His Own Hands

In Texas, you can make your own parking signs and share them with your neighbors and totally get away with it, at least that’s how it looks. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers tried it out and suffered … Continue reading

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Altoona, Wis. Tests Back-In Angle Parking

A new development in Altoona, Wisconsin provides shoppers, restaurant-goers and residents with a new angle on parking – back-in angle parking. Weau.com reports that city leaders chose the new approach because it is safer for drivers and pedestrians. City Administrator Mike Golat says … Continue reading

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