Technology, Green, and Innovation


by Natnael Jowhar, CAPP

In today’s fast-paced urban landscapes, parking is getting a major facelift, adapting to the dynamic needs of our modern society. While it might sound mundane, the parking scene is undergoing a radical transformation, fueled by tech advancements, sustainability goals, and urban development.

First up, we’ve got smart parking systems on the rise. These nifty setups rely on sensors and data crunching to give you real-time parking availability updates, making your life easier and reducing the hassle of circling for that elusive spot. They’re not just time-savers; they’re eco-friendly too, cutting down on emissions from endless laps around the block.

Speaking of going green, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are all the rage in parking facilities. With the world’s shift towards cleaner transportation, having EV charging infrastructure is an absolute must. It’s awesome to see parking areas doubling up as charging hubs, pushing the envelope for electric mobility.

But that’s not all; we’re witnessing a cool trend where parking structures aren’t just for cars. They’re turning into versatile hubs, mixing in green spaces, shops, and community hangouts, optimizing land use in densely populated spots.

In a nutshell, parking isn’t just about finding a space for your ride anymore. It’s evolving into a tech-savvy, eco-conscious, and multifunctional experience, catering to the ever-evolving needs of our cities. The future of parking is bright, offering convenience, sustainability, and urban coolness all in one package.

Natnael Jowhar, CAPP is the Parking Operation Superintendent for the City of Hollywood, Florida. He can be reached at