Monthly Archives: August 2011
We honk, we curse, we gesture and yell out the window.
Sometimes it goes further. Sometimes things really get out of hand and end horribly.
Some people call it road rage. We call it stupid.
Last week a young man’s life ended tragically and abruptly after a verbal altercation between two drivers on a South Side street.
SpotHero‘s Mark Lawrence is pumped.
“We were unbelievably excited,” says Lawrence. “We’ve been really working hard on this full time and it really shows validation for our idea.”
After a year of hard work by himself and his partner Jeremy Smith in launching their parking spot rental website, SpotHero claimed top prize in the first round of the city sponsored Apps for Chicago contest.
The first round of this program to promote local technological entrepreneurship focused on transportation. After being selected from an initial 30 app submissions, SpotHero beat out 12 finalists for the $5000 top prize.
It’s taken three years for five Chicago Police Department employees to finally be disciplined for being involved in a scheme to issue improper parking tickets to a man from the south suburbs according to the Chicago Tribune.
This website has been following Jon Yates, the Trib’s Problem Solver’s dogged coverage of Mark Geinosky’s never-ending parking ticket saga.
First, Geinosky started getting a flurry of parking tickets issued for addresses he’s never driven his car. While fighting the tickets, he tried to uncover what seemed to be a concerted effort to inconvenience him with these tickets but the case went nowhere. He finally got the Trib’s Yates on the case which forced CPD to reopen the case.
Early this month, the Queen of Soul was having dinner at a BBQ joint in New York City when she spotted a parking enforcement officer getting ready to write her car a parking ticket.
She ran out of the restaurant and crooned to the ticket writer who immediately recognized Franklin and instead of issuing a ticket, asked the star to sign the ticket envelope.
Because what sane person would consciously invite parking tickets?
Michael Andes, of Shelton, Connecticut was so frustrated with the lack of parking enforcement by police, he parked illegally in a handicapped spot and called the police over a dozen times to report his own violation according to The Blaze.
It’s the last Friday of the month everyone.
If you’re not sure of the significance, you may be one of the few Chicago drivers never caught by the thousand or so bike riders participating in Critical Mass
Nissan’s new all electric vehicle,the Leaf, is on a cross-country promotional tour of the U.S. and has just rolled into Chicago.
Chicago drivers get their chance to take a Leaf for a test spin this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and see for themselves how a car that never has to gas up performs on the streets of the Windy City.
The Leaf tour crew is based at the East Museum parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field and based on the response from previous tour dates, the Nissan people are expecting a solid turnout.
“We’re expecting a huge crowd,” says Charles Ostezan, Account Supervisor for GMR Marketing a firm helping coordinate the Leaf Tour event. “Whenever you put something exotic or new out, people get excited. No where else can you drive an electric car unless you own one already.”
Essentially, it’s a contest to encourage developers and entrepreneurs to create mobile internet applications specific to Chicago.
This past week a handful of metered surface parking lots around the city have been closed or partially closed for maintenance–more specifically resurfacing and seal coating according to the Chicago Parking Meters website.
This includes lots located at 4519 N. Lincoln (Lincoln Square), 1938 W. Monterey, 417 E.75th and 1130 W. Lawrence (Uptown).
The parking lots began being worked on Monday, August 22nd and will re-open between Thursday and next Tuesday, August 30th.
For more information, check the Chicago Meters website for all the details and specific schedules.