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Pasadena uses parking meters to stop panhandling, help the homeless

Pasadena uses parking meters to stop panhandling, help the homeless

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some panhandlers stay silent and use signs to ask for money; others call out to passersby. No matter the method, it’s unclear if the money given will lift recipients out of their circumstances or keep them there by funding the purchase of drugs or alcohol. Pasadena hopes to get rid of that uncertainty with an […]

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Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vindication for motorists across the Washington, D.C., area: Three public agencies responsible for issuing traffic tickets were reprimanded in a damning report released earlier this month by the district’s inspector general. Comparing D.C. against the states and nearby jurisdictions, the 115-page audit discovered multiple shortcomings: a startling number of ticket writers often confused about regulations […]

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NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As New York Transportation Department sets out to exercise more control on traffic, drivers speeding near NYC schools will find it difficult to escape tickets. In a recent announcement, Mayor Bill De Blasio revealed that the city has started installing speed cameras near schools to protect kids against accidents. The move is a part of […]

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Eye-tracking technology comes to General Motors

Eye-tracking technology comes to General Motors

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

So you’ve had your eye on that hot little number from General Motors. Sometime between now and 2019 you can expect it to return your gaze. Thank the company: the automaker recently inked a deal with Seeing Machines to purchase tracking devices for 500,000 vehicles over the next five years, says the Financial Times. The […]

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D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’ll be months before H Street sees the streetcar go live, but already D.C. enforcement officials are issuing tickets to drivers who park in its route. Testing of the line began in July, with the Department of Public Works issuing 143 tickets between July 24 and August 21. Because the fines run $100, the tickets […]

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Why aren’t parents buying technology that protects kids in hot cars?

Why aren’t parents buying technology that protects kids in hot cars?

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents who forget their kids in hot cars are viewed pretty harshly by others, but the sad truth is that it can happen to even the most loving parent or caregiver. Hot car fatalities claim an average of 38 kids per year in the US. From 1998 to 2013, 606 children in the age group […]

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Miami Beach losing thousands in parking fines, city workers say

Miami Beach losing thousands in parking fines, city workers say

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In just eight weeks, Miami Beach said goodbye to $85,000 in revenue it could have earned from parking citation fees. That’s the implication of claims from enforcement officials who say that the new parking system implemented by the city three months ago has serious glitches. When working correctly, the system allows motorists to pay for parking […]

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Mobile, AL considers instituting parking minimums

Mobile, AL considers instituting parking minimums

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Neither Tuscaloosa nor Auburn—two cities in Alabama with significant college populations—have special zoning regulating parking for student housing, so why does Mobile farther south want to deviate from the norm? “Students require more parking spaces than our current code requires,” says Mobile councilmember Bess Rich, though she doesn’t cite supporting evidence. Rich’s argument rests on […]

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Michigan Theater: Beat-up landmark or world’s most opulent parking lot?

Michigan Theater: Beat-up landmark or world’s most opulent parking lot?

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Described in the press as “a jewel” and “the world’s finest” during its heyday, the fall of the Michigan Theater in Detriot is indicative of the city’s decline from a prosperous car manufacturing hub to a struggling economy. The derelict theater that once made headlines for its opulence and magnificence – and was built atop […]

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Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Four apps — MonkeyParking, Sweetch, ParkModo, and Haystack — aiming to disrupt the parking industry may reach their goal, but in the public sector, not private. Each app allows drivers to advertise the metered spots at which they’re currently parked. Other motorists then bid for the spots to avoid having to look for parking, a […]

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NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

New York made history late last month when Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill mandating the replacement of the iconic handicap symbol. “This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than 1 million New Yorkers,” he said in a statement. The new symbol depicts […]

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