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I’ll Park That Car!

A woman in Belfast, Northern Ireland, burned off more than a half hour in a failed effort to parallel park her car. One of the observers recording her quandary on video offered to help, but she stubbornly refused any assistance, vowing to accomplish the task herself. H/T Blazing Cat Fur

 

Space-Age Solution to Parking

Parking in most US cities can be a drag. If you’re lucky enough to find an unoccupied spot, you still have to find enough change to fill up the meter. Then, if your errand takes longer than expected, you run the risk of getting a ticket.

Things are different in Indianapolis. A couple of years ago, the city partnered with a division of Xerox to take over management of the city’s parking meter system. ParkIndy replaced all the old meters with new meters that accept credit cards. Even better, drivers with smart phones can now download apps that make it easy to pay for parking, extend the parking time and even find an open spot. Sure, parking at meters is a little more expensive, but the experience for drivers in Indianapolis is much improved.

The best part about this public-private partnership is that the arrangement will help the city’s bottom line. The old system generated less than $100,000 in 2010. In 2011, the new parking meters generated more than one million dollars. Over the course of the 50-year lease, the city will make upwards of $350 million.

Reason TV reports.

 

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