Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

No More Free Parking in Vegas

My first visit to Las Vegas was part of a family trip to the Grand Canyon. We stopped at Circus Circus for the all-you-can-eat breakfast, and I caught my first sight of a casino floor. My parents were decidedly against … Continue reading

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New Technology Requires Hand Holding

In Missoula, Montana, old manual meters have been replaced with an automated, credit-card capable Luke system. City leaders have recognized that there might be a few users who struggle with the new concept, reports newstalkkvgo.com. Interim Parking Commission Director Goeff … Continue reading

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Parking Operation asks Users how to Improve its System

In an ingenious approach to a strange problem, National Car Parks, (NCP) based in Milton Keynes, is asking its customers why they get so many tickets for paying at the wrong pay machines. According to the article on onemk.co.uk, there are … Continue reading

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Apps Vulnerable to Fraud, too

In the rush to embrace technology, there can be a blind spot for potential problems. Smart phone apps have taken over the world. People love them and use them for everything from planning dinner to finding a date to paying for … Continue reading

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Parking Enforcers Lose Jobs Over Fake Tickets

When things go badly, it’s easy to start pointing fingers, but Lawrence Conrad, owner of Independent Security Services Atlantic Inc., is a good model for how to act when trouble arrives. According to thechronicleherald.ca, Conrad found out two of his … Continue reading

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Parking Apps Drawing Attention to Entire Industry

Most people don’t have any idea how big the parking industry is, but the Chicago Tribune recently threw out a number: $30 billion. I would bet it’s bigger than that, but it has to be a good feeling or members of the industry to … Continue reading

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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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