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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Chicago Valet Operations Fined for Podium Placement

Chicago enforcement has taken a swing at valet parking. It handed out more citations during one month in 2016 than it did during the last two years, reports chicagobusiness.com. The citations were for violations of the placement of podiums and key boxes. … Continue reading

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Police Take Heat for Ticketing Honolulu Residents

In Honolulu, residents of Village Park recently experienced an unpleasant surprise in the form of police sweeping the area and handing out 150 parking tickets, reports khon2.com. Parking is always tight in the neighborhood and complaints about illegal parking reached the … Continue reading

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Parking Problems are all Relative

In Beaverton, Oregon, residents are ticked off because construction at a Nike facility has caused an employee parking shortage that’s effecting their neighborhood. People are so annoyed they are asking Nike to provide shuttles for its staff and are talking about asking the … Continue reading

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New Uses for Old Parking

Travelers to London have a new and exciting option for accommodations: and Airbnb listed at just $11 per night. The catch? It’s in a parking spot. The vacation rental offers a  bed and bedside table in an unused parking area, reports … Continue reading

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Wireless Data is at Risk at Parking Meters

An Austin, Texas woman says her credit card numbers were stolen after she used downtown parking meters, reports keyetv.com. The woman, Chelsea, who did not give her last name, says fraudulent charges were made on two of her cards. City officials … Continue reading

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Meters Will Stand as Long as We Carry Cash

I couldn’t help add my two cents to the discussion about the end of the parking meter. All the technology for this transition is available, but a huge component in the parking process isn’t ready for the shift: the municipal government and the … Continue reading

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Medford, MA residents Prefer Meters to Kiosks

There’s no debating people like free parking better than paid parking. No polls need to be conducted, no questionnaires are required. People want free parking, but it’s not completely up to them. Their only leverage in the matter is their patronage. … Continue reading

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No ‘savesies’ in Bethlehem, PA

As the snow piles up in the East, those of us who live in the West try to figure out how anyone could possibly survive in such an extreme climate. We also wonder about references to regional practices like “savesies.” It’s … Continue reading

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Sacramento to Test ‘Parking Ticket Insurance’

Sacramento is planning to test a new feature on downtown parking meters: parking ticket insurance, reports the Sacramento Bee. When I saw the headline I imagined a $1 a month premium that would insure the buyer and cover any ticket fines, … Continue reading

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Heavy Snowfall Creates Financial Windfall for DC

Last week’s blizzard earned Washington, D.C. $1,369,750 in parking ticket fines, reports nbcwashington.com. Residents who parked in emergency snow routes were ticketed, towed and/or impounded. Tickets handed out on Friday, January 22 were later rescinded because city leaders were concerned some … Continue reading

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