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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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 Tickets handed out on Friday, January 22 were later rescinded because city leaders were concerned some … Continue reading

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Dallas Needs More/Less Parking

Dallas has the same problems as many other big cities: too much parking and too little parking. According to D Magazine, there are 69,000 parking spots in Dallas, and some people think there should be more. But research from the … Continue reading

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No More Free Parking in Vegas

My first visit to Las Vegas was part of a family trip to the Grand Canyon. We stopped at Circus Circus for the all-you-can-eat breakfast, and I caught my first sight of a casino floor. My parents were decidedly against … Continue reading

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New Technology Requires Hand Holding

In Missoula, Montana, old manual meters have been replaced with an automated, credit-card capable Luke system. City leaders have recognized that there might be a few users who struggle with the new concept, reports newstalkkvgo.com. Interim Parking Commission Director Goeff … Continue reading

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Parking Operation asks Users how to Improve its System

In an ingenious approach to a strange problem, National Car Parks, (NCP) based in Milton Keynes, is asking its customers why they get so many tickets for paying at the wrong pay machines. According to the article on onemk.co.uk, there are … Continue reading

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Apps Vulnerable to Fraud, too

In the rush to embrace technology, there can be a blind spot for potential problems. Smart phone apps have taken over the world. People love them and use them for everything from planning dinner to finding a date to paying for … Continue reading

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Parking Enforcers Lose Jobs Over Fake Tickets

When things go badly, it’s easy to start pointing fingers, but Lawrence Conrad, owner of Independent Security Services Atlantic Inc., is a good model for how to act when trouble arrives. According to thechronicleherald.ca, Conrad found out two of his … Continue reading

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Parking Apps Drawing Attention to Entire Industry

Most people don’t have any idea how big the parking industry is, but the Chicago Tribune recently threw out a number: $30 billion. I would bet it’s bigger than that, but it has to be a good feeling or members of the industry to … Continue reading

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