IPMI Blog

What Cities Need

By David Feehan As January 20 approaches with a new administration in Washington, D.C. (where I live), I have to express my outrage for recent events. I love living in Washington and I have great respect for the heart of our federal government. Having said that, it is important that Read More »

Finding Inspiration in Challenging Times

By Shawn Conrad, CAE I needed a bit of inspiration at the closing of 2020 and went to my old mainstay, David McCullough’s best-selling book and Pulitzer Prize winner, 1776. I find inspiration in many different ways, and this book reminded me that while 2020 was a year like no Read More »

Customer Service Representatives: Superheroes in Disguise

By Lesli Stone, CAPP Frontline parking and transportation professionals are in a unique position to be the eyes and ears of the communities they serve. Each  can observe a large number of engaged people in innocuous activities, day in and day out. These countless observations provide the experience and context Read More »

Prepare. Plan. Commute. Debrief.

By Kelly Koster Uncertainty has been the recurring theme of 2020, and I doubt very much will be certain again in 2021. How do you adapt your parking and mobility program for uncertain times? Through skiing of course. Let me explain. In an effort to social distance my ski habit Read More »

Curbing COVID-19 at the Curb

By Matthew Darst, JD COVID-19 has changed how we fundamentally live and the pandemic promises to continue to disrupt curbside management for months to come. While the tunnel is still dark, there is light—in the form of pandemic relief and vaccines—in sight. There are measures that can be taken to Read More »

New Yorkers: We Need More Bike Parking

Bike shops around the world struggled to keep up with demand when COVID-19 pushed people out of transit and shared rides. Now, New Yorkers are demanding more city bike parking, saying they’ve adopted the new-to-them transportation mode and have nowhere to put their wheels. “For every bike rack in NYC, Read More »

Keep It or Change It?

By Kathleen Federici, MEd For 14 consecutive years, my husband and I held a New Year’s Day brunch for our family, neighbors, and friends. We had a themed and costumed Roaring Twenties party on New Year’s Day 2020 to welcome in the new decade that was filled with promising opportunity—at Read More »

What a Year in Parking and Mobility

2020 will go down as the year lots of us are happy to forget. But like all challenging times, it also produced great innovation, from small organizational changes to big technological leaps. And lots of those things will stick around to make organizations, businesses, infrastructure, and communities better. This year’s Read More »

The Value of Curb Space

By Chrissy Mancini Nichols A century ago, in establishing the first parking regulations, planners recognized the value of curb space.  In The Storage of Dead Vehicles on Roadways, William Phelps Eno discussed how parallel parking at the curb caused, “considerable waste[d] space” and that on roads dedicated to commercial purposes, Read More »

Morphing Our Mobility Mindset

By Casey Jones, CAPP In October 2018, the International Parking Institute changed its name to include mobility. “Our broadened name signifies changes in the industry and what is happening in the larger sphere, where mobility is emerging as a more inclusive term for the expanding role of parking professionals,” said Read More »