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The first thing Pablo Picker does after parking his pickup truck is to feed the meter.
Picker is a Boston based musician who’s taking his music to the streets–literally–playing music from the back of his truck sitting at parking meters in all 50 states.
This day he sits barefoot in the back of a pickup truck parked on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, playing guitar and singing to a constantly changing audience of hipsters, commuters, parents and children walking by.
Picker had been playing in public for years, mainly in Boston’s Harvard Square where he saw many street musicians getting hassled by police for not having a permit. While Picker was smart enough to get his own busker license, he’s always been uncomfortable with the idea that musicians couldn’t just entertain people in public without the formality of a license.
So after recording a new album, he got the urge to get back on the street to share his music, and decided do a tour playing in public in all 50 states. But he was concerned about the possibility of getting on the wrong side of local law enforcement.
So he came up with a brilliant solution–parking meters.
It took over a year, but 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney finally was able to restore paid metered parking to Lakeview on Sundays.
Drivers had to start paying the meters Sunday, September 28th at metered parking spaces on major streets like Clark, Halsted, Broadway, Belmont, Southport and others from 10 AM until 8 PM. Monday through Saturday meters must be fed from 8 AM until 10 PM in most areas.
The alderman told DNA Info a few weeks ago, the move was necessary to promote turnover of parking spaces to allow more people to find parking to shop in Lakeview.
“Saturday and Sunday are the No. 1 and 2 days of economic activity in the ward,” Tunney said. “We need the turnover specifically on those busiest days.
Fox Chicago News and a bevy of other media outlets picked up on The Expired Meter’s story on the issues with ParkChicago users getting ticketed while paid up using the app.
Newsradio 780′s Nancy Harty also had a short radio report as well.
City officials confirm that 317 drivers using the recently released ParkChicago pay-by-phone app have reported receiving tickets for an expired-meter violation — even though there was still time on the meter — in the first two months since the app’s rollout began in May.
Chicago Parking Meters spokesman Scott Burnham said only a small percentage of parkers who used the app have gotten tickets, although he didn’t say how many times the app had been used overall to pay meters.
The city has issued 81,868 expired-meter tickets to all parkers citywide since the app became available, although most of those went to parkers using the pay boxes on the street.
The ParkChicago app debuted to great fanfare in a West Loop pilot test in mid-April. It allows drivers to use their Android or iOS smartphones to pay their parking meter without having to walk to the parking meter paybox.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
In an awesome job of re-reporting a story reported by The Expired Meter two months ago, the Chicago Tribune recently published a piece breaking down numbers which shows the city is paying less to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC than it had previously.
Again, as originally reported back in May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration renegotiated the much criticized parking meter lease deal signed by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008. Under the revised deal, numbers seem to indicate that payments made to CPM for temporary meter closures, metered spaces taken out of service and other events reducing the value of the metered parking system have been drastically reduced.
Bills which topped $53 million in one year, are now just over $6 million a year.
After fighting a five-year uphill legal battle, a state appellate court has upheld the legality of Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal according to the Chicago Reader.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO, challenged the state constitutionality of the 2008 deal.
Krislov main argument was that the “True-up” payments the city has to pay Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, any time the city has to make changes to the public way that affects meter revenue is a de facto surrender of the city’s police powers.
But, despite the judge’s sympathy with Krislov on how bad the deal is for the city, they say that’s not enough to reverse the deal.
The Reader quotes the June 20th decision which says:
It’s hard to believe the infamous 2008 parking meter lease deal could continue to become an even larger failure than it already is. However, according to a local academic the meter deal continues to surpass everyone’s expectations of what’s already considered a fiasco.
Roosevelt University professor of sociology Stephanie Farmer was curious to know how the meter lease deal affected what she termed “street-level planning”, so she interviewed local transportation planners.
Farmer recently published some of her findings at Next City and what her research indicates is that the meter lease deal is making it difficult and potentially very expensive for Chicago to make significant changes and/or improvements to city streets.
That’s why, despite being originally filed in 2009, the lawsuit challenging the state constitutionality of Chicago’s 2008 parking meter lease deal is just now being considered by the Illinois Appellate Court in 2014.
According to Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke who was at court Thursday, a three-judge panel heard oral arguments from lead attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO on Thursday. Krislov argued the city turned over its “police powers” to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC thus giving up its ability to effectively regulate parking, traffic and the public way. This is something at odds with the Illinois state constitution according to Krislov.
ParkChicago is the pay-by-phone app that allows Chicago motorists to pay for metered parking remotely via their smartphone remotely, instead of having to feed the meter.
“The response to ParkChicago has been very positive as you can tell by the number of drivers who have signed up in just a short amount of time,” said CPM spokesperson Scott Burnham. “Our customers obviously like the ease and convenience of the app, which allows them to avoid a trip to the meter box and eliminates the need of having to walk back to their vehicle to place a parking receipt on their dashboard. It also gives them added flexibility by enabling them to extend their time remotely so they don’t have to rush to get back before their time expires.”
Meanwhile, a change in state law that greatly limited which disabled drivers can park for free at the meters could also save the city a bundle, city officials say.
According to data based on audited financial statements filed by Chicago Parking Meters late last week, the amount of money the city must pay the meter operator when meters are taken out of commission — known as “true up” payments — has dropped dramatically since the revised deal went into effect last June.
Since that time, the city paid CPM $6.6 million in “true up” payments, or an average of $1.65 million per quarter.
In the five quarters preceding the revised deal, the payments averaged $10.2 million per quarter.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.