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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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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Spokane Addresses Surface Lot Blight

  In Spokane, Washington, city leaders are looking for ways to eliminate surface lots. There are 12,658 parking spaces in the city spread out over 74 lots. Many agree, reports spokesmanreview.com, that surface lots have a negative affect on the … Continue reading

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Anemic Parking Fund Needs Remedy

City leaders in Sarasota, Florida are discussing how they will address a $2 million deficit in their parking fund, reports mysuncoast.com. Taxes have been used to balance the fund for the last 4 years. Meters have also been used in … Continue reading

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City Finds Parking Surplus Costly

It was 1963 the last time officials in Alexandria, Virginia reviewed city parking needs. Lately, they’ve begun to realize that it’s time for an update. Residents, city leaders and developers have been working on a parking survey, reports bizjournals.com, and … Continue reading

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Criminals Steal Credit Card Capable Meters for $10

Thieves are stealing parking meter heads in the Canadian city of St. John’s. About 290 meter heads have gone missing, reports BBC.com. Losses include the money in the meter, the cost of a new meter and revenue lost during the … Continue reading

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Tourist Town Debates Parking Requirements

In Red River, New Mexico, town leaders and local investors are having an age old debate: how much parking is enough parking? According to taosnews.com, developers have proposed a mixed use development that would provide affordable housing for the city’s working … Continue reading

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North Korean Diplomats Owe $156,000 in Parking Tickets

North Korea is overstepping a lot of boundaries these days, to put it mildly. Although an unpaid parking ticket doesn’t compare to testing hydrogen bombs in the Pacific, $156,000 in unpaid parking tickets is a serious lapse. A long list … Continue reading

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LA Police Reveal 20 Percent Rate of Handicapped Fraud

Random sampling of handicap placards at the Los Angeles County Fair revealed 20 percent were fraudulent, reports dailybulletin.com. Parking enforcement officers checked 371 placards and found 71 were not legal. Officials were monitoring parking, not conducting a survey, but the … Continue reading

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