Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

New Uses for Old Technology

In West Lafayette, Indiana, parking enforcers have a new tool at their disposal: cameras. In the areas around Purdue University, tight parking has brought about heavy competition and squatters. People park for weeks and months and do not move their … Continue reading

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Tucson meters too high for handicapped

In Tucson, Ariz., a resident has filed a complaint against the city for installing its meters too high. At first glance, it seems hard to imagine any adult too short to reach your average parking meter, but Jim Diller, the … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Parking

One day I’m sure I’ll tell my grandchildren about this old fashioned thing called paper money and coins. I won’t mention the typewriter, because they won’t be able to conceptualize anything so clunky and slow. Whatever they carry, it will … Continue reading

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Old Tickets Never Die

You think you’ve seen it all and then Chicago starts collecting 20-year-old tickets. I started to read the article, published on chicago.cbslocal.com, and I thought, well, that makes complete sense. The city needs the money, why not go after old … Continue reading

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A New Twist on Valet Parking

We are all used to driving to a valet, but what if he came to us? That’s the premise of an enterprise called Luxe. In New York City, where Luxe has just begun offering service, car owners drive to their … Continue reading

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New Orleans Parking Officers Busy Drinking Coffee

It’s reported that some New Orleans parking enforcement officers are in a world of trouble. They are suspected of wasting time sitting around coffee shops and retaliating against a business that pointed out their bad behavior, reports www.abc.go.com. Those were … Continue reading

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Holiday Parking a Mysterious Phrase

In Manhattan Beach, California, where street parking is illegal on weekends and holidays, residents are sounding off about tickets they received on July 3, according to sheepsheadbites.com. The confusion arose from different ideas about which dates are holidays and which … Continue reading

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New Housing, Old Parking Discussion

In Seattle, a new housing project is bringing up a very old parking argument, reports mynorthwest.com. In Eastlake, city council leaders have waived some parking requirements for developments near bus lines. Community members say the waiver has caused a rush … Continue reading

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Stick it to the Man

Some activists in Brazil gave new meaning to the term “Stick it to the Man.” They weren’t rebelling against authority, but they did put a scofflaw in a sticky situation. According to www.mirror.co.uk, a man who illegally parked in  a … Continue reading

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Sad People Get Tickets, Too

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, members of the community are very unhappy about parking tickets they received while attending a funeral, reports minnesota.cbslocal.com. Vadnais Heights resident Amy Baker said she was devastated by the loss of her 44-year-old friend and neighbor. “He … Continue reading

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