Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Who’s allowed to issue parking tickets in Shropshire?

My last blog addressed excessive legislation in the United States. This one’s about a huge gap in parking laws in the United Kingdom. According to the shropshirestar.com, a Mr. Michael Green is representing a group of 15,000 people who believe … Continue reading

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Parking Around the World

In the United States, we pass laws about every little thing. That’s why fast food restaurants have to print “contents hot” on disposable coffee cups, and plastic bag makers have to tell people their bags are not a toy. If … Continue reading

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Funny Parking Dibs

I’ve blogged about “dibs” before, and couldn’t resist this follow up post. The Huffingtonpost.com has run an article and photo series of some of the items Chicago residents use to mark their parking spots. During the cold winter months, they … Continue reading

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Teachable Cars Coming Soon

Cars that help park themselves have been in production for awhile, but teachable cars are the next new thing. Volkswagen is developing a car that “learns” how to park in your driveway. It takes its initial instruction from the driver, … Continue reading

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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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