Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is there a parking meter rebellion?

Carol Marin and Mike from The Expired Meter talking about the growing pains of privatizing the city's parking meters on Chicago Tonight

You can also watch the video at the Chicago Tonight video archives.

WTTW needs to work on the coding for video embedding!

UPDATE: From the Tribune today!
Chicago is sending out its own mechanics—and billing the private company now responsible for operating parking meters in the city—in a belated effort to catch up on a torrent of problems that include broken meters and inaccurate signs about parking rates and enforcement, officials said Wednesday.

Indications of a more urgent approach to fixing the problems became apparent Monday morning when the Tribune observed meter inspectors and repair personnel working downtown.

It followed a Tribune story on Friday that exposed the broad scope of the problems and how drivers and business owners are angry at the city, which watched rates quadruple this year as part of a 75-year deal to lease 36,000 meters to Chicago Parking Meters LLC for almost $1.2 billion.
Anyone have an issues with these parking meters that they want to share?

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