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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Apple Makes Parking Look Easy, Too

We’ve all heard the stories about how great it is to work for Apple. The company’s 2.8 million-square-foot Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif. features office buildings, a cafeteria and coffee shop, a visitor’s center, a fitness facility with yoga and … Continue reading

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Parking Meter Vandalism Calls for New Tactics

In Canada’s St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, there has been a parking meter massacre like no other. In three years, more than 1,000 meters have been decapitated costing the city up to $1.5 million in repairs … Continue reading

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Parking Stations on the Blink is Saskatoon

In Saskatoon, a Canadian province of Saskatchewan, city officials are addressing an hour-long breakdown of its parking pay stations, according to starphoenix.com. On Wednesday, the city received up to 70 calls that its pay stations were inoperative. So far, the … Continue reading

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Chicago Parking Enforcement Causing Bankruptcies

One of the conundrums that taxes my brain these days is the question of personal responsibility. I’m all for it, but I worry about the people who don’t understand what it is or how to how to practice it. Education … Continue reading

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Parking Boot Scam Raises Questions

It has been reported that parking boot scammers have struck in Austin, Texas. The Austin Transportation Department has been contacted by residents who believe their cars were illegally detained, says kuve.com. In the scam, officials said a warning was posted … Continue reading

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Kansas to Throw a Major Parking Party

I don’t live in Kansas, but the giant parking structure party they’re throwing in July might inspire me to visit. According to kansas.com, the Sutton Place parking garage at William and Market will be the site of a multi-level shindig … Continue reading

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Meters Confuse Albuquerque Drivers

One thing the parking industry can always count on is the confusion of the average parker. Another reliable phenomenon is the media’s coverage of any and all parking confusion. In general, it would pay to stay ahead of this lack … Continue reading

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Pizza for Parking

I’ll do a lot for a good slice of pizza – and pretty much any pizza is good pizza. I like thin crust and thick crust, New York style, Chicago style, plain cheese, combo, pepperoni, and even the fancy stuff … Continue reading

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Winter Parking Creates Strong Emotions

Kids don’t use the word “dibs” to lay their claim anymore. I don’t know what they say, so it’s possible they’ve said it to me and I just looked stupid, or mean. Maybe there’s an acronym or symbol they text … 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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