Parking Matters Blog

CAPP Compadres

By Casey Jones, CAPP I’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Brander. Tiffany works for the Missoula Parking Commission (MPC), an Accredited Parking Organization in Missoula, Mont. The MPC is currently undertaking a downtown master plan update, a design-build parking garage is underway that the MPC is preparing to operate, Read More »

Thirty-two Hours in the World’s Self-Driving Car Capital

What will the world and its communities be like when autonomous vehicles rule the roads? Wired sent a reporter to Chandler, Ariz., where Waymo is large-scale testing on real streets, to find out. The first surprise was how engaged the fire department is in the testing. Would Waymo’s cars run Read More »

Seeing Change in a More Flattering Light

By Justin L Grunert, MSM At a recent conference I attended, the speaker said, “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” Just thinking about change, you realize it is always around you. Summer turns into fall. Sunset occurs sooner during the day. Your Read More »

Light Bulbs and Light Bulbs

By Isaiah Mouw, CAPP This year, I worked to make our house a smart home. Our Roomba vacuums our floors. Our Nest controls the temperature. Our speakers and TV are powered by Google Cast. Our light bulbs were swapped out to smart Philips Hue bulbs. Wemo turns lamps on and Read More »

Are You an Effective Administrator? Look in the Mirror

By Jason M. Jones The simple definition of micromanage is to “control every part, however small, of an enterprise or activity.”  Many administrators, including me, are guilty of this more often than we think even if we don’t mean to be this way. We want everything to be perfect but Read More »

Disney, Nordstrom, and Parking

By David M. Feehan I was delighted to read the interview with Lee Cockerell in the November issue of The Parking Professional. I’ve always pointed to Disney as the gold standard when it comes to customer service. And I think every parking manager should take to heart the principles of Read More »

Adaptive Reuse: A Case Study

Adaptive reuse of parking garages has been an industry conversation topic for a few years, but now consumer-facing publications are getting in on the topic. Forbes features a story about the Motor Mart Garage in Boston, which was built more than 90 years ago. While its occupancy numbers are relatively Read More »

“But is it worth it?” The Unseen ROI of Leadership Skills

By Rita Pagan Many organizations spend thousands of dollars on professional development for their employees to master skills they think employees can immediately apply to their job and affect the bottom line. But do they truly understand the benefits of investing in leadership skills? And for more than just leaders? Read More »

San Francisco Nixing Minimum Parking Requirements

San Francisco, whose minimum parking requirements for new developments date to the 1950s, is preparing to do away with them, becoming the first major U.S. city to do that. Legislation introduced this week will do away with requirements for minimum numbers of parking spaces at new developments. City leaders say Read More »

IPMI Chair Roamy Valera, CAPP, to Head PayByPhone U.S., Canada

Roamy Valera, CAPP,  has been named CEO, U.S. and Canada, of PayByPhone. An internationally respected parking industry leader, Valera is chair of the International Parking & Mobility Institute’s (IPMI) board of directors. “We are very excited to announce that Roamy Valera has joined PayByPhone as CEO, U.S. and Canada,” says Read More »