Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Can I park at a broken meter?

Most of my individual parking issues are caused by a lack of information. Sure, I got my driver’s license all those years ago and proved I could make left turns, park and decipher the color codes on the curb, but … Continue reading

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People Parking Badly

Nobody took more than their share of a lane; nobody drove off the deck of the parking garage, but people in Goodwood, Australia, are such bad parkers they earned themselves the right to pay for parking. According to news.com.au, Goodwood … Continue reading

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The People Want What They Want

I know that within the parking industry, paid parking is not seen as a factor that inhibits growth or business in retail areas, but the average parker strongly disagrees. In Dearborn, Michigan, city leaders are creating a parking plan that … Continue reading

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Meter thief caught – $1 million later

A security guard in Sweden has been arrested and ordered to return more than $1 million (U.S.) he stole from parking meters in Malmo. The employee of a company hired to empty the meters, the man spent the last 10 … Continue reading

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Parking drama makes the world go round

Parking can be so dramatic. Take Hayward, Calif., for instance. According to mercurynews.com, the city recently implemented parking limits for its free garages and lots so that BART commuters would stop parking there all day. The parking limits affected municipal … Continue reading

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No Parking Like Snow Parking

I’ve already devoted plenty of blog space to the “space-saving” efforts of the parking public in snowbound areas like Chicago and Boston, but I’m so fascinated by this phenomenon, I can’t help myself. The idea that people choose to live … Continue reading

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Pricey Parking

In Charleston, South Carolina, 50 parking spaces have been put up for sale for $98,000 apiece, reports wistv.com. According to the article, parking in the area is very tight, and 43 of the spots are already sold. “You can’t get … Continue reading

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Missoula Lets Residents Try Out New Meters

Every industry has its jargon. Some of it is easy to figure out, some of it is like an unbreakable code. I recently refinanced my mortgage and was, despite previous experience with the process, totally confounded by the words my … Continue reading

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Hoboken Contemplates New Parking Measures

Parking in Hoboken will soon be a whole new ball game, according to nj.com. The website reports this small, congested city has tight streets and limited parking options, but that’s going to change. City leaders are considering some measures to … Continue reading

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Parking Program Helps Scofflaws Come Clean

During 2013, the University of Oregon parking enforcement team issued more than 15,000 tickets and received payment for all but 6,000, reports dailyemerald.com. The fee for those unpaid tickets doubles after 30 days. Because of the high number of unpaid … Continue reading

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