Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Parking Reform and Affordable Housing in NYC

I’ll admit, I’ve never thought about parking reform and affordable housing as a combination, but then, I’m not an industry expert. So, I read this article on curbed.com and learned some things I really didn’t know. Contrary to what I … Continue reading

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Show Me the Money

The owners of FlightCar, a service that organizes the rental of private vehicles from airports, have just scored a $13.5 million investment deal with GGV Capital. The money will be used for expansion to Seattle and other airports. FlightCar offers … Continue reading

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Drive Up Donations

Just when you start to think the world is a dirty, ugly, awful place, you read about parking meter donations raising $8,500 for the homeless. In San Luis Obispo, reports kcbx.org, special parking meters places throughout the city give residents … Continue reading

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University Parking Often Scores Low

It wouldn’t be college without some parking issues – learning to deal with adversity is an important part of being an adult. Students at Missouri State University are having a hard time finding parking, in part because of the loss … Continue reading

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Fine with fines

I don’t know what’s crazier: municipalities forcing people to pay for messed up parking tickets, or people spending huge amounts of time and energy to fight a messed up parking ticket, most especially when the ticket was only for $65. … Continue reading

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Machines don’t run without people

There was a time when people speculated that machines would eventually rule the world, but I think it’s been pretty well established that machines need people. We might all become slaves to our automated infrastructure, but we will still rule … Continue reading

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Back-in Parking too Tough for Some

In Paw Paw, Mich. residents are not completely sure the city’s new “back-on” policy is so simple. Fox News reports Paw Paw’s downtown is plagued with speed issues, congestion issues, and pedestrian and cyclist safety issues. They are trying to … Continue reading

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Hot doggie

People love their pets like children. They buy them personalized collars, beds and blankets; they buy them strollers and sweaters; they take them everywhere they go and pick up their poop; some even purchase special doggie seat belts so Fido … Continue reading

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Self-driving robotic automated parking system in use at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany

There are a lot of words in that headline, but when it comes to hot topics like “self driving” and “automated parking” there’s no use being coy. The system, called Ray, is a parking solution with a stylish twist. According … Continue reading

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Vandals Take Over Parking Enforcement

Somebody with a can of spray paint is telling Queens-area parkers they’re doing a bad job. Critical comments were painted on two cars overnight, reports Newyork.cbslocal.com. One driver had profanity painted on her car for taking up more space than … Continue reading

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