By TED MANN : online.ws – excerpt
Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio on Tuesday criticized the Bloomberg administration for its moves toward privatization of the city’s parking meters.
The administration is in the early stages of considering whether to bring in a private entity to operate the municipal network of single- and multi-space meters that cover the city’s roughly 85,000 paid on-street parking spaces. The city will issue a request for qualifications to potential bidders in coming weeks…
They might want to talk to the people of Chicago about how that privatization thing worked out.
By NATE BERG : theatlanticcities.com/commute – excerpt
…Through the use of parking space sensors (which we’ve written about before), Santa Monica’s meters now know when a car leaves a spot and can automatically reset itself to require whoever parks there next to pay the full price of parking. It’s part of the intelligent parking system that the city has been rolling out, which includes the ability to accept coins and credit cards, send text messages when metered time is running out, and compile information to help the city better price its parking to correspond with demand…
…And while pricing is an increasingly attractive option for cities, few have announced their intention to take the extra – some might say extra-mean – step of resetting meters when cars pull away. At least in Santa Monica, the days of happily finding a few free minutes at your parking spot are over. Your city may be next.