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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]
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]
Mechanised Japanese Underground Bicycle Parking
Pictures and video of space-saving bicycle parking in Japan.
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.
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]
"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.
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.
"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
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]
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.
toys for the resoundingly average child.
Also new from plinko design
: Fancy Parking
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.
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
How about you? How do you conjure the parking Goddess?
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'
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
Gentlemen, stop your engines. [Flash.]
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?
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
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."