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July 2018

The System is Perfect…Except

Last week I stayed at a major hotel in Las Vegas. The rules are that hotel guests pay for parking but get in and out privileges. If you are not a guest, you pay for every exit. Fair enough. So … Continue reading

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But Officer…

Parking Today Media was in Las Vegas this week and attended a Southwest Parking and Transportation Association mixer hosted by Brandy Stanley. It was fun to meet some of the folks who actually make parking work. After the event we … Continue reading

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It’s About the Curb, Part Deux

I just finished reading an article about the value of curb space in cities and how in the future cities will be able to control the curb with ‘cloud’ based systems and exotic sensor based programs. The author acknowledged that … Continue reading

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It’s about the Curb…

When I suggested to a group of municipal parking gurus that there was a program that could allow delivery companies to reserve curb time to make their deliveries and stop that incessant double parking that clogs our streets, I got … Continue reading

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Carpools are limited by our imagination…

My comments from yesterday on AVs and carpools brought a couple of responses I felt deserved the light of day. Carpooling has been around for ever, there are even tax incentives and other financial programs available that make it almost … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles won’t help congestion, they will make it worse.

Forbes Magazine was picked up in parknews.biz. Astrid featured an article about how autonomous vehicles won’t really solve the congestion and traffic issues of modern cities, but in fact might make them worse. See the “Autonomous Mobility, its not just … Continue reading

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Lack of bandwidth can bring your on-street parking operations to its knees.

Consider the problem. When pay by plate/space machines communicate with your office, they use the same communications systems as your cell phone (Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, etc). I’m sure you have experienced a situation where you phone works fine at some … Continue reading

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Disruption, I’ll give you Disruption

Build something I can operate! Dammit! I had to go to the local courthouse (filing a DBA for all you wags out there) and parked on the surface lot nearby. There was a Pay by Space machine. I walked up … Continue reading

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Hofstadter and Disruption of Parking…Its going to happen WHEN?

While perusing Parknews.biz I came across ‘Hofstadter’s Law.’ It seems self evident, but like the law of unintended consequences it is often ignored. It goes like this:  “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account … Continue reading

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Yes, Its Personal…

Looking back on the previous blog, I’m reminded of an incident that took place back in the day when I was supervising sales people in the parking and security equipment market. I had a new salesperson who was a go … Continue reading

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