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New Me, New You

January 2024   A new year is a lovely thing. A fresh calendar makes me feel like anything could happen. I can eat more veggies; I

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Big News, Little News

Melissa Bean Sterzick   The Bellingham Herald   Beloved Whatcom County Nature Reserve Will Soon Get a Paved Parking Area   Whatcom County, Washington’s Stimpson

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The Machines are Learning

September, 2023 Melissa Bean Sterzick   Everyone’s talking about AI these days. Some of us are worried about our jobs. Some of us are worried

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Policing the Placard

On October 4, 2017, California Senate Bill 611, written by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, giving the state the ability to use federal data to

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Oorah, Hooah, Hooyah

The Amateur Parker’s “2023 Best Alternate Use of a Parking Lot” happened on Armed Forces Day in late May. Five acres of parking at my

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Safety is an Everyday Job

In April, a parking structure in New York City collapsed. One person died. This isn’t a magazine about parking tragedies, but there are lessons to

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She’s a Jolly Good Fellow

As I work on Parking Today’s editorial content, I get a front-row seat to the parking industry’s constant evolution. Success is achieved and progress is

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A Bollard Story

Most of us remember Mother Goose’s “This Little Piggy.” It has been a long time since anybody tugged on my toes and recited the piggies’

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Praise for the Pop Up

We had a big increase in outdoor eating spaces at restaurants during the pandemic. Our weather is mild most of the year, so patio dining

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Parking Here and There

Now that the holidays are over, the world is calmer, so I can set aside my parking mantra (Patience!) and park like I normally do.

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The Math of Parking Minimums

There’s usually a fair amount of noise in parking industry about parking codes as they are applied to apartment buildings, condos, mixed-used developments, businesses, and

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Aloha, No Parking

The trickle down from Covid continues. Besides the obvious negatives, there are some positive changes coming out of the pandemic.  The Hawaiian Island of Maui

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Cell Phone Fail

We didn’t go far from home this summer. We were scared off by the germs, as well as stories about delayed and cancelled flights, lost

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Parking and the Pump

We’re all paying through the nose at the pump these days, especially those of us in California. I don’t look too closely at the price

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A Full Circle

So, the big day came and went and my daughter is now a legal adult and high school graduate. She’s headed to college in one

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The Digital Divide

Try as I might, I’m the least technologically savvy person in my family. My kids rarely ask me for help with computer issues. If their

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Parking Lot Heaven

I’m doing my best to put Covid in the rearview mirror, despite it still popping up in my life in assorted ways. I took a

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Have your PIE and Eat it, too

It’s PIE time and that means parking folks of all kinds are gathering for the Parking Industry Expo. What’s better than being around people, traveling,

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Introducing Parking

I read Parking Today from cover to cover every month because I’m the magazine’s proofreader. We have a terrific team putting together the publication every month,

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Welcome to 2022

Now that the holidays are over and the New Year is actually in motion, it is quiet enough for me to think about what has

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A Parking Hail Mary

I frequently ask myself if the digital amenities I employ are truly making my life easier. I know social media has only made my life worse

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Walk the Walk

I like to go on walks and I often listen to podcasts while I walk. That might be the nerdiest lead sentence ever written. I recently

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The New Parkers

“I almost got killed in the school parking lot today” are words no mother wants to hear from her child. But, that’s exactly what my

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Airport Parking Adapts

As the effects of the pandemic ebb and flow, airports and airport parking operators are working to adapt to every phase. Some are expanding, others

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Corralling the Rideshare Herd

The rise of ridesharing has created solutions and problems. Users enjoy having options other than taxis and public transportation. People who want a part-time job

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The Power of Parking

Three Parking Today advertisers were recently featured in an article in The New York Times about the future of parking. That’s some pretty great coverage,

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Let Us Walk in the Dirt

Like so many others, a town near mine has had to address major changes in consumer behavior during the last 10 months. In particular, parking

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Parking Lot Jungle

The pandemic’s ripples have reached far and wide. As we wait for the vaccine to set us free, changes in our culture and economy are

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Slap-happy New Year

I’ve seen in memes across social media, we can now use “2020” to describe anything that is particularly devastating, and relentless in its ability to

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Shopping at the Curb

Regardless of shopping trends, I still like to go in a store and buy the things I want. It feels like a small accomplishment to

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Making it Work

I read an article the other day about how a number of empty cruise ships are floating around the English Channel. A man by the name

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Ask Your Magic 8-Ball

Anybody else feel a little dizzy? I do. Every day brings another extraordinary event – another crisis, discovery, call to arms, or emergency. I’m not

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Parking Adapts

Just like a lot of people, I’m waiting around to see what the next phase of the pandemic brings. I’m in California, and have been

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Fine, not Fine

The Boston City Council recently met to talk about parking ticket fees. One item up for discussion is the possibility of income-adjusted fees for parking

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News that’s Fit to Print

I can barely read the news these days. And I’m a journalist, so that’s saying a lot. Bad news, bad “news,” and badly written “news” are

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Parking, Parking Everywhere

The holidays and the end of the year are prime time for evaluating life, priorities and goals. Sometime around October, people around me started talking

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The Good Ship Parking Lot

Not too long ago, my parents booked themselves on an Alaskan cruise. My mother, the mastermind of this excursion, was filled with anticipation and spent

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App Me Up

I keep saying I’m old fashioned. But I think I need to get over it. In a previous column, I mentioned overcoming my aversion to Uber.

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Mobility in Motion

I’m not new to this word “mobility.” Being mobile has been a priority for a long time. I want to be physically mobile, with flexible

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Words for a New Parker

Parenting is not for the weak. Pregnancy, sleep deprivation, the toddler stage, elementary school PTA, and now, for me, the teen years.  Toddlers are cute,

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Good News and Bad News

I was looking at parking headlines searching for inspiration for this column. In half a second, I found about 159,000,000 of them. No, Police Officers Don’t

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Car Keys and Wedding Rings

Whenever I do anything with the rest of the Parking Today crew, I have interesting parking experiences. From finding great parking in a crazy-busy neighborhood

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Parking Reimagined

It might be well known or completely forgotten that I love when parking areas are used creatively. I’ve said it before in this column: I’m

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Keep on Trucking

When I was a kid, I thought all truck drivers were like Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. They were funny and daring, resourceful

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Great Expectations

On a good day, I don’t enjoy parking. I call it a success if I park and there aren’t any issues. Things are going great

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Too Sick to Park

During the earliest weeks of the new year, while people on the East Coast faced a “bomb cyclone,” I was experiencing my own kind of

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Using Parking Power for Good

As the holiday season approaches, I find myself pondering the meanings of gratitude and giving. Just kidding. As the holiday season approaches, I ponder how

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The Signs Are Everywhere

It’s been awhile since I mentioned it, but my city has been implementing stricter street-sweeping regulations for several years now. First, we got a notice

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The “F” Word

I’m a woman with strong opinions and two daughters, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have a lot to say about feminism and

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Parking’s Progress

Last month, Parking Today published an article I wrote about the creation of a new type of parking sign by Nikki Sylianteng. The conversations I

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Party on Parking Lot

During the years I’ve worked for Parking Today, I’ve amassed a lot of knowledge about parking – knowledge that would be useful at a parking

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Four Days Looking for Parking

The British Parking Association has conducted research that says drivers in its country spend around four days a year looking for parking. While obviously not

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Think Thanks

Sometime two years ago, my city’s officials decided it was time to regulate parking on street-cleaning days. The new regulations are part of a water

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Me, My Selfie, and I

I can’t write about technology without dating myself. I fall somewhere within a demographic called Generation X. It’s a label I’ve always resented. My generation came

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I Saw the Signs

There’s a lovely shopping and dining district in my city. The street is lined with great restaurants and pricey boutiques, galleries, hat stands, and gelato

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Equal, but Different

 It’s not hard for me to come up with things to write for the annual Women In Parking issue of Parking Today. It is hard

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Charged Parking

In the middle of my town is a civic center that includes a library, municipal pool, police headquarters, county courthouse, theater, meeting facilities, and offices

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Just Call Me Old-Fashioned

 I don’t want to get old. Nobody does. Besides the unavoidable forgetfulness, there are a slew of age-related issues to worry about: broken hips, neglectful

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I Forgot to Remember

 I like to blame my kids for my bad memory. I didn’t have any trouble remembering things when I was single and childless, but since

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Tickets Don’t Travel Well

 I like to think that most people are essentially honest. Parents teach their kids to return extra change mistakenly handed out at the cash register.

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Aloha, Parking

 I have always loved to travel – most people do – and happily, my kids have reached an age where they finally enhance, rather than

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The Phases of Technology

 What’s really amazing about technology is not just its amazing capabilities, but the way it integrates into our lives. Two years ago, I still had

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Long Live Parking

 Every once in a while, my children tell me that the sun is going to explode and the Earth and everyone on it will be

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