Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Fortune cookie says: Cars are getting smarter

I like to stay apprised of current events and I recently read about the threat of impending worldwide devastation due to melting ice in Antarctica. Scientists say the damage global warming has done to the icecaps is now irreversible. They’ve … Continue reading

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Bananas for Monkey Parking

A new smartphone app is connecting people who need parking with people who have parking. In congested cities like Boston, reports CBS Boston’s The Daily Talker, Monkey Parking is an app that lets drivers buy a parking spot from the … Continue reading

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A little bit of parking for a little bitty park

There’s a lot of parking out there, and it seems some people think we could turn over a few spots for the greater good. Minneapolis has just kicked off a pilot program for turning parking spaces into little parks, or … Continue reading

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LAX Computer Glitches Cause Parking Pile-up

Yesterday, technical difficulties forced Los Angeles International Airport to shut down for at least an hour. Travel chaos ensued as incoming flights were diverted, outgoing flights were postponed, and any number of sad vacation-goers missed their connecting flights to Hawaii. … Continue reading

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Busy Work Costs Everyone Time and Money

It has been reported that in Boston nearly 72,000 parking citations were dismissed in 2013. A Bostonherald.com article says: “71,922 of 1.3 million tickets issued in fiscal 2013 were dismissed, and that … the most common reasons were drivers being … Continue reading

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Parking Enforcers Aren’t Nazis

A Salt Lake City writer has been busy chronicling the bad behavior of local parking officials. It seems parking in Salt Lake is an endeavor fraught with legal and financial risks. Paul Rolly of the Salt Lake Tribune says people … Continue reading

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Faith Meets Finance in Parking

A Houston area church is in a bind because it’s been asked to pay for the parking it’s been getting free for 60 years. St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School are situated between a mall and a residential area. The … Continue reading

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Equal Coverage: Students Ticketed During Hailstorm

It always helpful to consider both sides of a story before you leap to a conclusion, and it’s even more helpful when the news media provide both sides of  a story to readers. In this article published in Oklahoma State … Continue reading

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Baby born in parking lot, again

Some things aren’t as extraordinary as they seem. At least once a month, this headline appears in national news: “Woman Gives Birth in Hospital Parking Lot.” Now, having a baby in anywhere but a nice hospital room, or for the … Continue reading

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Big cities, little parking

The folks at Nerdwallet.com have conducted a research project to  identify the worst cities for parking. The results, starting with the worst of them all: Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Honolulu, Washington D.C., Seattle, Philadelphia, and Sacramento. The … Continue reading

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