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Convexity is a bothersome dimension

posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 1, 2016 - 36 comments

boosting safety, convenience, & feasibility of walking, biking, transit

Reducing car dependence in the heart of Europe: lessons from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (pdf)
posted by aniola on May 25, 2016 - 2 comments

they paved paradise put up a parking lot

Parking sign company goes meta: Free Parking Infographic
posted by aniola on Sep 21, 2015 - 33 comments

Do Not Mess With Eugene Mirman

On the off chance you're a parking enforcement officer and you see Eugene Mirman breaking the law, take a breath before you whip our your ticket book and mutter, "Screw you, Gene Belcher...". Because Eugene Mirman will make your life a living hell for daring to give him a $15 ticket for parking in the wrong direction. Well, maybe not hell. But he'll totally take out a full-page ad in your local paper to rant about it. So... consider yourself warned.
posted by Etrigan on Jul 13, 2015 - 93 comments

Maybe I'll finally remember the street sweeping schedule

The traditional sidewalk parking sign can be confusing, particularly when mixed with a bevy of municipal regulations. Redesigns have tried to make them easier to read, but when designer Nikki Sylianteng got a parking ticket in New York she decided to come up with a more radical rethink. Los Angeles liked her design so much they're now rolling it out for real.
posted by selfnoise on Apr 7, 2015 - 32 comments

Humans Need Not Apply

Full of assumptions, still thought-provoking article about self-driving cars by writer Zach Kanter, How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Feb 1, 2015 - 193 comments

On-Street Pedestrian Parking, or, Parklets

Parklets! Parklets are popping up everywhere! Parklets are beautiful! A brief history tells of how parklets started in San Francisco with PARKing Day, a topic previously covered. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 10, 2014 - 19 comments


You worked for 45 minutes with only one glove to dig your car out of the foot of snow it's parked in. Congratulations, you're dug out! But you're just driving to work and coming right back home again, and you know some lazy good-for-nuthin is gonna come along and cozy right up into your clean spot without even having to break a sweat. Not a problem for you, Bears fan! Behold the wintertime tradition of parking dibs, Chicago-style. [more inside]
posted by heyho on Feb 6, 2014 - 104 comments

Spoke Stack

Mechanised Japanese Underground Bicycle Parking Pictures and video of space-saving bicycle parking in Japan.
posted by hawthorne on Jun 14, 2013 - 26 comments

Please Feed The Meters

The Next Parking Revolution [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 28, 2013 - 40 comments

"The people in these photos park like they're fleeing the zombie apocalypse"

Kazakhstan: Bad Parking Capital of the World? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Aug 15, 2012 - 44 comments

Bloomberg Privatizing Parking Meters in NYC

90,000 of NYC's Parking Meters (and revenue) on sale for $11billion +. [more inside]
posted by snaparapans on Jun 14, 2012 - 125 comments

The price of parking

“I truly believe that when men and women think about parking, their mental capacity reverts to the reptilian cortex of the brain,”
posted by latkes on Dec 29, 2011 - 66 comments

There's a space!

While former mayor Richard M. Daley's 2008 selloff of all 36,000 of Chicago's parking meters to LAZ Parking has resulted in some pain for drivers, such as steep rate hikes and the end of free Sundays and holidays, none is weirder than the installation of over a thousand parking meters in the middle of a deserted urban prairie. They were recently replaced by the latest electronic payboxes, many of which are still awaiting their first customer.
posted by theodolite on Sep 22, 2011 - 106 comments

Moving Beyond the Automobile

Moving Beyond the Automobile is a series of ten short videos by Streetfilms that highlights new directions in urban transportation. It shows how cities in the U.S. are encouraging a shift away from car dependency and making it easier and more pleasant to get around by other means. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Apr 26, 2011 - 36 comments

"Watch how it works."

Fifth Wheel Driving! [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on Feb 28, 2011 - 20 comments

The High Cost of Free Parking

"Eighty-seven percent of all trips are made by personal vehicle and 99 percent of those trips arrive at a free parking space." But that free parking comes at a high cost according to Donald Shoup's research. He advocates for charging the right price for on-street parking and for removing off-street parking requirements. Shoup's ideas are coming to the streets in San Francisco's new demand-responsive parking system. Loyal Shoupistas work to spread and implement his ideas.
posted by parudox on Jul 13, 2010 - 192 comments

Park(ing) Day NYC

Park(ing) Day NYC is a one day event of taking over automobile parking spots throughout NYC and converting them into miniature parks, bicycle parking, art installations and performance areas. "These small, temporary public spaces provide a breath of relief from the auto-clogged reality of New York City, and aim to spark dialogue about our valuable public space and how we choose to use it." Plan your day with this map of Park(ing) locations and schedule of events.
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Sep 17, 2009 - 108 comments

Dedication to your car: a $300,000 parking space.

"There's only so many parking spaces in the city," said Sordillo. "And in this part, there's very few." A private parking space in Boston's Back Bay area sold for $300,000.
posted by jaimev on Jun 11, 2009 - 60 comments

Eternal Parking Place - Eternal Resting Place

Paved Paradise: Cemeteries in Parking Lots.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 1, 2008 - 28 comments

That'll be HOW much?

Every single ticket issued in New York City from July 2007 to June 2008 in interactive map form. Most ticketed street? 14th Street between 7th and 8th avenue. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Nov 30, 2008 - 28 comments

the secure solution to ultra-urbanization

Ferris wheel parking versus automated stacking.
posted by Brian B. on Jul 13, 2008 - 21 comments

R.I.P. Arizona Parking Solutions

R.I.P., Arizona Parking Solutions. Guy parks car without displaying his pass. APS boots car. Guy dollies car into his garage and invites APS to reclaim their boots. Or not; their choice: either way, they can't tow, he won't pay the fine, and he really doesn't need to be driving the car. This catch-22 upsets the owner. And eventually APS goes off the deep end, booting nearly everyone's car in the community. The media becomes involved. And we become witness to a business owner suiciding his own business.
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 18, 2008 - 128 comments

This link is parked

YouParkLikeAnAsshole.com : Got a notice? Give a notice. Contains Galleries for regular asshole parking to super duper asshole parking. Some of these offenses are benign, and indeed some are egregious, but let it be a lesson to you, bad things can happen to your car if you block the hydrant.
posted by psmealey on Dec 5, 2007 - 65 comments

Face it: your baby will not grow up to be a genius.

Baby Bush: toys for the resoundingly average child. Also new from plinko design: Fancy Parking.
posted by kyleg on Dec 6, 2005 - 23 comments

So you think you can park?

How good is your parking? (flash)
posted by john_son on Aug 8, 2005 - 56 comments

Roll your own parking space

Portable parking spaces are the mind-bending Atomic-age outcome of centuries of humankind's best technology: they enable a bike to occupy the same perimeter as a car. They're arts and crafts, they're couture, they're vehicles of dissent [Flash, contains photos, project info, instructions on building your own PPS]. See the movie [11MB QuickTime]. A different take on the concept.
posted by Mo Nickels on Aug 1, 2005 - 52 comments

You have to believe...

Spots Before His Eyes? At last, the Paper of Record publishes a story about something I've known and experienced for years. This retired math professor believes that New York is "...a parking paradise." Want a free parking spot, just believe you'll find one, and you will. When I lived in the SF area and had to go to The City for business, I would visualize parking and something always turned up. How about you? How do you conjure the parking Goddess?
posted by dbmcd on Jun 17, 2005 - 38 comments


AOPs on ASBOs - for non-Brits, that's Grouchy Old Nuisances. For instance, Roger Trotman, who feels like me about people who park their cars carelessly, or Alexander Muat, who just wanted a little peace and quiet, or John Kirkpatrick, who'd heard his neighbour warbling 'Jumping Jack Flash' just one time too many. It's enough to drive you to do a little 'Happy Slapping'
posted by TimothyMason on May 14, 2005 - 38 comments

Not that there's anything wrong with it

Seinfeld Dictionary Head-First Parker - 1) a person who tries to pull into a parking space head first as opposed to backing into the space 2) a person who pulls into a parking space head first with the intention of screwing someone else out of the space
posted by BradNelson on Dec 6, 2004 - 29 comments


Park. Gentlemen, stop your engines. [Flash.]
posted by DrJohnEvans on Jun 10, 2004 - 28 comments

Iraqi official shot dead over parking violation.

Iraqi official shot dead over parking violation. U.S. military officials said Tuesday that U.S. soldiers shot to death the chairman of Sadr City's governing council during a heated argument this week.... Officials said the quarrel got under way Monday when the chairman, Mohannad Ghazi al Kaabi, tried to park his car near the District Advisory Council building in an area closed to traffic.

Do you suppose this might have a negative impact on public opinion in Iraq?
posted by ilsa on Nov 11, 2003 - 56 comments

parking spots

You take a toy car, and hold it in such a way so that it looks like it's a real car parked between other real cars, or driving in traffic with real cars. Then you take a picture of it. That's the sublimely simple concept of Parking Spots.
posted by iconomy on Feb 8, 2003 - 28 comments

Motorists who park in disabled spaces are to be shamed into moving by a talking meter

Motorists who park in disabled spaces are to be shamed into moving by a talking meter
it's a good idea, but sad that able-bodied people still park in handicapped spaces.

perhaps it would work better if the meter announced, "if you aren't disabled when you park here, you will be when you leave."
posted by bwg on Apr 27, 2001 - 10 comments

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