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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

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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U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

| July 29, 2014

Last month, a little-known group with a gigantic acronym — the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD-BTC) — voted to endorse a set of 11 devices that include bike boxes, contraflow bike lanes, and bike lanes through intersections. Cyclists nationwide cheered the vote because of its long-term implications. […]

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How the EU supports low-emission vehicles

How the EU supports low-emission vehicles

| July 28, 2014

After the cities of York and Manchester in the UK started rewarding drivers of low-emission cars, private companies caught on. Today, a garage operator in Rotterdam, Netherlands is now giving a 40 cent/hour discount to drivers of relatively clean vehicles. The garage operator, Interlink, checks license plates of cars to ensure that they produce under 100 grams of CO2 […]

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How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

| July 25, 2014

Parking garages and lots in the U.S. spend more than $6 billion on lighting alone. If their owners cut those costs, how much could they reap in revenue? A lot — or so the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign promises. The program offers advice about energy efficiency to owners of parking facilities, as […]

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Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

| July 17, 2014

To Scott Burnham, spokesman for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, it was just part of a “learning curve.” To 317 drivers, it was a ticket issued for parking legally paid. The motorists had used the ParkChicago smartphone app developed by Burnham’s company but were ticketed anyway, despite still having time on their meters. Burnham blamed enforcement […]

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Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

| July 9, 2014

When a construction site blocked a section of sidewalk along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, it spelled trouble for a Citi Bike station that also happened to be located on that same stretch. The station had to be moved and so was reinstalled a few weeks ago along a protected bike lane on South […]

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SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

| July 7, 2014

“I have the right to tell people if I am about to leave a parking spot, and they have the right to pay me for such information,” says Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO MonkeyParking, defending his controversial parking app. Unfortunately, the City of San Francisco does not agree. City attorney Dennis Herrera has sent a cease-and-desist letter to […]

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