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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

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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Hurricane Parking

Catastrophic hurricanes have overtaken the news these last few weeks and there is no end in sight. It’s hard to comprehend the devastation. Besides the lives and homes and businesses lost, there are many peripheral losses that make the destruction … Continue reading

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Empty Threats in Iowa

A printing error on unpaid parking ticket notices recently struck fear in the hearts of residents of Muscatine, Iowa. According to muscatinejournal.com, the notices informed drivers that their cars were going to be impounded if they did not pay their … Continue reading

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RV Parking a Hassle for Everyone

It’s tough to find parking anywhere when you drive an RV. Renting space in a campground puts you in close proximity to a lot of people who don’t seem to need sleep; parking on an empty road or in a … Continue reading

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UK Drivers Avoid Pay-By-Phone Meters

In the UK, leaders at the Automobile Association say drivers are determinedly avoiding pay-by-phone stations. A survey of 16,000 of its members revealed 7 out of 10 would rather look for another place to park than pay by phone. According … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Lowers Fees for Parking App

It’s unusual for cities to lower prices for parking and services. I know those numbers have only gone up in my town. Parking meter fees have tripled, and prices for city classes and amenities have increased by 30 percent. So it’s … Continue reading

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Municipal Parking Meter Drama Plays Out Politely

One of my hobbies is to read news articles other people write and wonder what the sources didn’t share. Municipal leaders and staff are careful what they say to reporters, because a slip of the tongue can cost them their jobs and/or their reputations. When … Continue reading

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