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2017

We can only affect 1% of the choices presented each day

As we head into the New Year, we are supposed to think about where we are going and where we have been. Is it a time for optimism or pessimism?  Everything we read today is filled with horror – I … Continue reading

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Uber, Lyft and Congestion

Uber and Lyft are supposed to have cut traffic congestion by taking cars off the road. Right? If you think about it, if I take Uber my car is off the road and then the Uber driver picks up someone … Continue reading

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Merry…..

This time of year is about food, parties and gifts, but it’s also about the wonder in children’s eyes, the smiles on their faces, the magic that fills churches and temples. It’s a time of fellowship, of friendly conversations over … Continue reading

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Danish Firm Designs Floating Parking

What I don’t know about engineering is a lot. So when I read about the floating parking garage, all I could think was “that could never work.” I feel similarly when I see skyscrapers going up, ships being built in … Continue reading

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City Reconsiders Using Parking Meters After Thefts

I shouldn’t be surprised to hear about people stealing parking meters, but it’s always a jolt. The thought that someone can make off with a fixed object is mind boggling. In reality, the idea that parking meters are fixed objects … Continue reading

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Evanston, Wyo. Parking Fines Double as Revenue Decreases

City installs credit-card capable meters. Fewer tickets are issued. Revenue goes down. Parking fines double. This is the scenario in Evanston, Wyoming, reports chicagotribune.com. To make up for revenue lost at parking meters, Evanston officials recently voted unanimously to increase … Continue reading

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He won’t tell us what we want to hear!

I had the pleasure to interview Akshay Pottathil in his lab at San Diego State University yesterday in preparation for this keynote address at PIE 2018. Here is a taste of that interview: “I not going to tell the parking … Continue reading

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Are we Idiots? Happy Thanksgiving

Nine years ago I was in mourning. My guy didn’t win the presidency and I was certain that the world as we knew it was coming to an end. My very wise and apolitical wife simply said, “Suck it up. … Continue reading

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Just what do we have to fear from Autonomous Vehicles?

Uber and Lyft have already delt a blow to airport, hotel, and valet parking. But it seems that more traditional parking operations are not suffering. So with what senario will autonomous vehicles deal a slashing blow to the parking industry? … Continue reading

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It’s the Uncertainty

Why did the economy stall and stumble during the Obama years and yet take off like a rocket upon Trump’s election. Many wags say that it’s the uncertainty factor. That is, if businesses know what is coming down the pike, … Continue reading

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