Parking Meters

An article examines "Exhibit A for bad public contracting"—a 75-year lease between Chicago a Morgan Stanley-led private consortium for 36,000 parking meters—as a cautionary tale about the lingering impacts of bad deals.
Jun 9, 2014   Next City
The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to approve a 30-day moratorium on enforcing the city's privately managed parking meters.
May 6, 2010   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
New York follows a trend happening in cities across the country, taking out parking meters in favor of central pay stations and turning some old meters into bike parking.
Feb 17, 2010   New York Post
The City of Chicago, in a much criticized move, recently privatized its parking enforcement. Stephen Goldsmith says the program should be celebrated instead of booed.
Jan 24, 2010   Governing Magazine
Chicago's decision to privatize its parking meters seems to be a loss for the city, as new data shows the city could have made much more money in the long term had they maintained operational management.
Nov 22, 2009   The New York Times
Earlier this year, The City of Chicago handed over control of their parking meter enforcement to a private company. A watchdog group is suing, saying the city didn't have a right to lease the public's streets.
Aug 20, 2009   Chicago Sun-Times
At a digital security conference in Las Vegas, a presenter showed that newer "smart" parking meters can be hacked, giving the hacker free parking wherever they go.
Aug 5, 2009   Boing Boing
With cities switching to new pay kiosks, parking meters are going the way of the dodo- unfortunately for bikers, who use the posts for bike racks. A handful of cities are seeing the possibility in old posts.
Jul 2, 2009   Streetsblog
A new technology in use in Sacramento, CA snaps pics of cars' tires and compares them on the next sweep, increasing the number of time violators caught.
Jun 21, 2009   The Seattle Times
The City of St. Petersburg, Florida has proposed longer enforcement hours on parking meters. Residents and business owners are none too happy about the change.
Jun 12, 2009   St. Petersburg Times
For $1.16 billion, Chicago Parking Meters LLC, has won the rights to manage Chicago's parking meters. This is one step the city has taken to ease budget shortfalls.
Dec 4, 2008   The Wall Street Journal