Yes, another parking meter post . . .

Don’t judge me because I am preoccupied with parking meters. I discovered a lovely thing about the new parking meters. The spaces that have been designated for them were obviously painted with a Hummer in mind. I can happily squeeze my little car in between two others. However, I do feel a certain level of guilt, but I’m sure it is a rule that will be broken when people are desperate to make their classes. I just discovered this article online from April 2004 talking about meters in Detroit that you can feed through your cell phone. Has anyone had any experiences with the technology mentioned in this article?

3 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    wow, your fascination with parking meters is fascinating…

    that was a snazzy article, however i’m just surprised that there has been barely anything said about these things… they just expect people to know how to use them… overall i think they’re better, but it’ll be a difficult change if we do change to them and people are sure to gripe because that’s just what people like to do… hehe…

  2. max (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    i think the parking meter system as a whole is nothing more than a sham that borders on comunist ideoligy. actually i think everything is a sham that borders on comunist ideoligy but thats just because i like to gripe about stuff. on a different subject, if anyone wants to get together for some drinks, drunks and an amazing rock band The Muggs are playing at Smalls in Hamtramck Saturday…and parking is free!

  3. Tom (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 7:05 pm

    Smalls is a cool bar, had a good time there before. I’ve never had experience with the meters you can pay with your cellphone, but I don’t think the ones in Detroit would be equipped for that. That would require giving the meters (or the center box in some cases) internet/telephone access via cell phone or wifi or something.

    The city has a hard time managing the few meters they actually ticket people at (ever parked at a meter on Washington? It might as well be free.). I can’t imagine them maintaining a network backend for a telecom based meter system.

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