Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Google Parking Lot the Next Affordable Housing Tract

Google’s not just a website we go to ask questions about metrics, diseases we are afraid we might have, and how to spell “accommodate” (two c’s and two m’s), it’s also an actual office complex where employees live like kings. Sure they … Continue reading

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Parking Meters Help the Homeless

Four years ago the Downtown San Diego Partnership installed “Donation Station” parking meters to collect money for the homeless. The meters are installed on private property and do not collect parking fees. The number of meters installed has reached 21 … Continue reading

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Airbnb Apologizes for Ad Campaign

A little bad attitude goes a long way, especially when it gets turned into print ads and billboards. Airbnb recently lashed out at the city of San Francisco for enforcing its tax laws and requiring the company to pay back … Continue reading

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Parking Meter or Bike Rack?

In Los Angeles, it’s illegal to lock your bike to a parking meter. It’s probably illegal in a lot of places, because how do parkers use a meter if it’s covered with bikes? According to scpr.org, meters in LA’s Westwood Village neighborhood … Continue reading

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West Virginia Town Unveils Decorative Parking Meters

Just to be clear, the meters in a hip shopping area of Wheeling, West Virginia are decorative, but not only decorative. They still take money and keep time. According to wtrf.com, the city’s arts council challenged local artists to submit their ideas … Continue reading

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Parking App Soothes Angst in New York City

If you’ve been to New York City, you’ve seen the traffic. It is, indeed, terrible. I’ve been there and the last thing I want to do is drive its streets. I love the taxis, I love the buses, I love … Continue reading

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Paris Goes Car-Free for a Day

This Sunday, the city of Paris will institute a car-free policy between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., reports usatoday.com. The article doesn’t specify how a car-free day will apply to parking, but I am guessing there a few ramifications. It … Continue reading

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Fines Not Stopping Illegal Parking in Handicapped Spaces

In Toronto, fines for parking illegally in a handicapped space have tripled. It’s not doing anything to stop those parking in handicapped spots with fraudulent or nonexistent handicapped permits, but it’s giving law enforcement a hefty bonus. Thestar.com reports that … Continue reading

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Pope Causing Parking Problems

In Center City, Pennsylvania, a special guest is creating parking havoc. Pope Francis will be making a stop in the city later in September, and some residents, the less devout, obviously, are quite unhappy with the sacrifices they’re going to … Continue reading

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Life Insurance for Parking Meters?

If there is insurance coverage for parking meters, that’s the business I want to be in. One of my last blogs was about parking meters in Iowa being stolen off the street, and now there’s news from Yarraville, a town … Continue reading

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