Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Part of a panel sign promoting the International Parking Institute

Part of a panel sign promoting the International Parking Institute

This is one of the associations serving the parking industry, both off-street, often privately owned facilities, as well as the on-street parking "industry" which is usually controlled by local governments.

There are some pretty amazing systems out there, fully integrating parking payment systems, space availability information for both the managers and potential users (through mobile phone apps, etc.), and enforcement management including a real-time listing of all occupied spaces where time has expired, that works on Ipads and other devices. Some parking meter kiosks will even accept payments for fines!

Another thing I learned is that the move from single space meters to multispace meters results in an immediate 30% to 40% increase in revenue.

Didn't have time to go to any sessions, but there are/were some good ones (hopefully I'll get around to purchasing CDs of those sessions).



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