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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Killing them With Kindness

Los Angeles city leaders have voted to pass a resolution called the Community Assistance Parking Program to help the homeless pay off their parking fines, reports laweekly.com. The program allows people who are homeless, but who live in their cars, … Continue reading

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Parking Scam Targets Elderly

In the Las Vegas area, criminals are using their acting skills to steal from unsuspecting parkers. At news3LV.com, it’s reported that the perpetrators approach people in parking lots and convince the victims that a fender bender has occurred. The thieves blame the … Continue reading

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New Android App Predicts Ease/Difficulty of Finding Parking

Some of us rely on common sense and experience to predict parking challenges. We strategize arrival times, head for favorite streets and do our best to avoid parking hassles. It doesn’t always work. There are things we can’t factor like … Continue reading

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Numbers Don’t Lie

On Parknews.biz, it’s reported that parkbytext users in Ireland used the service for 900,000 parking transactions in 2016. The company also reached a happy milestone: 100,000 registered users. The great thing about mobile payment applications and technologies is that the … Continue reading

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Parking Finds its Way into Art, Religion

I think it’s fascinating the way parking issues and experiences cross all kinds of political, cultural and social borders. On the same day I read about a reincarnated Druid king objecting to parking charges at Stonehenge, I also come across … Continue reading

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Car Lost in Parking Garage for Six Months

A Scotland man borrowed a friend’s car six months ago and lost it. According to autoblog.com, the individual, who sounds like the worst friend ever, used a pal’s BMW to drive to a concert in Manchester. He parked the car in … Continue reading

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Good Will to All

The biggest news in parking today is how bad it is right now. Between the crowds and the weather, I don’t envy anybody who has to be out and about during the next two days. Still, stress is just another … Continue reading

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Vegas Residents Getting Vocal about Paid Parking on the Strip

As more Vegas hotels implement a charge for parking, the discussion about why they would or if they should widens. A reviewjournal.com columnist named Wayne Allyn Root is suggesting that hotel and casino patrons share their opinion of paid parking on the … Continue reading

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ParqEx: Airbnb for Parking

In Chicago, reports chicagobusiness.com, an app called ParqEx is helping people rent out their under-used parking spaces. Participants register their parking spot, pay a 20 percent service charge for the app to administer the transaction, and make hundreds of dollars … Continue reading

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Parking Strategies a Good Model for Government Policy

You have to be careful talking about politics these days. Unless you’re sure the person sitting across from you shares all your views and opinions, you could be preaching to the choir or throwing water on the Gremlins. Nobody can deny … Continue reading

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