Parking Matters Blog

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Jaime Snyder, CAPP The good, the bad, and the ugly: all adjectives that can describe the parking industry at some point in time. Some of us who have been in the industry forever have experienced all of these, but the newcomers may still be on that parking industry high Read More »

Five Autonomous Trends on the Way

Autonomous cars have seemed a long way off for quite some time, but Forbes says they’re closer than we think–in fact, they list five trends that they say we need to be ready for this year, if not soon after: Level 5 AVs. Completely driverless cars may be on the Read More »

Trade Your Stress for Awesome

By Rita Pagan There seems to be no defined line between work and home life these days. A typical work day can be as easy as 9-5 or as long and hard as working 12 to 15 hours straight, not even realizing you missed lunch and dinner. Even after hopping Read More »

Landmark London Garage to be Demolished

After a long fight by preservationists and lovers of Brutalist architecture to save it, the hammer fell earlier this week. London’s Welbeck Car Park was denied protected status and will be demolished to make room for a new hotel. Designed in the 1960s to serve customers of a department store Read More »

Changing the Narrative

By Chelsea Webster Have you ever unjustly gotten a parking ticket? Had your car towed? Encountered a broken parking meter or machine and been unable to pay for your parking session? Unsuccessfully tried to appeal a violation notice? As parking professionals, we sometimes become desensitized to these very real (and Read More »

The Hype Cycle

By David Hill, CAPP, MA The other day, I happened upon an article that introduced me to the Gartner Hype Cycle. The Hype Cycle is a theoretical model postulated by Gartner, Inc, a research and advisory firm in business, IT, and customer experience. It suggests a conceptual representation of how the Read More »

TV Crew Follows Investigators Cracking Down on Disabled Placard Abuse

California has embarked on a wide-ranging program to catch drivers illegally using disabled parking placards. The effort comes on the heels of an estimate that one in 10 placards in the state is misused, either with drivers parking in ADA-reserved spaces when they’re not driving a person to whom a Read More »

Concrete Jungle: Where Dreams are Made and Lessons Learned

By Bonnie Watts, CEM I hadn’t been to New York City in many years, but my niece was recently trying out for “The Voice” and asked if I would take her. Of course, I began planning the trip and finding a hotel near tryouts, restaurants, must-see tourist attractions, and of Read More »

Dockless Car-share Introduced in Ireland

A new electric vehicle (EV) share model may change the way people use car-share, at least in Ireland. The twist? Park the car anywhere you want when you’re finished with it. Danish company Green Mobility operates its sharing service in operational zones, which are often defined as specific city limits. Read More »

Pros and Cons of Mobile Apps for City Parking

By Chris Everett For awhile, technology continued to advance while municipal parking operations remained stuck in the old days. Long after folks living in cities had smartphones and electronic ways of navigating through downtowns, they still had to pay for parking using coin meters and pay stations with slots for Read More »