Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Parking Apps for All Ages

I’m not a baby boomer, but my parents are, so I was intrigued by this headline at Huffingtonpost.com: 8 Apps Boomers Need Right Now. The article outlines eight smartphone apps older users might find helpful – and two of them … Continue reading

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The honor system is a nice idea…

In Daytona Beach, Florida, some residents are bothered by the lack of attention parking enforcement officers pay to the illegal use of handicapped parking spaces. According to the Daytona-Beach News Journal, Mr. Steve Williamson, the current president of Handicapped Adults … Continue reading

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Photo Book Celebrates/Mocks Parking Garage Decorations

If you’ve ever doubted the cultural significance of parking, consider a just-published coffee table book by Andy Spade. According to the Wall Street Journal: A few days ago, just under the wire for the holiday season, Mr. Spade released “Parking … Continue reading

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Variable rates make parking easier?

I’m not sure I dare disagree with a parking expert like Donald Shoup, but as a parking civilian, I have my doubts about at least one of his theories. I think the difference in our perspectives is the crux of … Continue reading

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Parking Elf Strikes Again

A Colorado Springs business owner is making it a holiday tradition to dress up like an elf and hand out parking money. According to gazette.com, Richard Gorman, will be giving parkers change for their meters today, Monday and Tuesday. This … Continue reading

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A lot of Holiday Parking

In a move that could be called genius, but is really just plain common sense, San Antonio International Airport has opened an extra parking lot for the holidays. According to ksat.com: The new “Green Lot” will be open starting Monday, … Continue reading

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Something About Glass Houses

We all make mistakes. I never do anything much worse than forget to floss, but it’s a mistake nonetheless, and I hope people will not judge – my teeth, gums and dentist will punish me enough. OK, and maybe I … Continue reading

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Holiday Parking Perks

Besides the gifts and the parties, there’s something else about that holiday season that makes it so enjoyable: the sense that just about anything can happen. I remember when I was a child the magic of the season being all … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Attendant Gets Envelope Full of…

…Money I’m sure most parking attendants and enforcement officers out there have dozens of stories about being yelled at, sworn at and threatened, but a parking lot attendant in Oklahoma has quite a different story to tell this week. Mr. … Continue reading

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Credit Card Data Not Exactly Secure

The consumerist.com reports that a 7-month breach of the garage parking payment systems run by a major parking provider in several states has put customers’ credit card information into the hands of thieves. We’ve all depended on the security of … Continue reading

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