Parking Today Celebrates 25 Years


Parking Today Celebrates 25 Years

It was 1996. Bill Clinton was elected president. Gas was $1.22 a gallon. The Dow closed the year at 6400. Mad Cow Disease was ravaging the UK. Prince Charles and Diana were divorced. Nintendo 64 and DVDs were launched in Japan. Gunmen attack in Scotland and Tasmania. The summer Olympics were held in Atlanta. Windows NT 4.0 was released by Microsoft. The Spice Girls released their first Number 1, “Wannabe”. Movies included Independence Day, The Birdcage, A Time to a Kill, and The English Patient. Jacques Chirac was President of France, Helmut Kohl was Chancellor of Germany, Boris Yeltsin was the General Secretary of the CPSU and John Major was Prime Minister of the UK. Parking Today begins publication.

It’s been an exciting ride. I am researching just what happened in our industry over the past quarter century and will have a complete report in our upcoming PT in April. Suffice it to say there will be plenty of comments about technology, about consolidation, about how cities should approach on and off street parking, and of course Don Shoup.

We are planning a super extra issue for April, celebrating those who have supported us over the years. In fact, there are nine companies that have been with us all the way. We are most grateful. There will be stories about each of them in upcoming issues. It seems they have grown right along with us.

Be on the lookout for tidbits about just what happened to parking over the past two and a half decades. You probably won’t be surprised as you lived it right along with us. Our staff will be reaching out to companies who support the parking industry, and the invitation is open to join us in our celebration. We would be proud to have you along with us.


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