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Not by increasing the 25,000 parking spaces it controls at lots and garages adjacent to the airport, but through technological improvements to allow drivers to use their cell phone to locate and pay for parking.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the city is seeking bids from companies that have technology which will allow drivers to locate open parking spaces within garages or lots and even pay for their parking using smart phone applications.
Drivers with pre-paid parking would not have to wait at long lines to pay for parking before exiting. The city believes they can eventually decrease the number of manned pay booths at each parking lot or garage location.
The story says 3.4 million cars park at O’Hare annually, or an average of 20,000 vehicles a day.
But the bid description also has a mildly sinister request for potential bidders.
First, he got booted.
He the proceeded to somehow, implausibly drive his car around the corner of where he was booted to a secluded area to try removing the boot with a hammer and a lug wrench, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
But then someone saw him trying to remove the boot, called 9-1-1 and then the police showed up to arrest him for the act.
Tempers might be flaring between the Chicago Police Department and Department of Revenue employees.
Last Friday, according to Fox Chicago News, a boot van driver was trying to boot a Corvette on a street adjacent to the main police station.
Turns out, the Corvette’s owner was a cop, who happened to walk out when his car was being booted.
According to Merten, it seems the owner of a freshly booted vehicle, seemingly flipped out and took his frustration out on his own car by smashing windows and pounding dents in the body with a tire iron, then removing the license plates before leaving the scene.
One theory for this behavior could simply be a somewhat understandable mental breakdown or some sort of fit of rage.
My plan for yesterday was simply to fight another of the seemingly endless stream of parking tickets my ’83 Impala seems to attract.
I had planned my day so I could take an hour off after lunch time to hit a hearing facility, but per usual my plans took a left turn.
Beer Drinking In The Park
A colleague’s niece stormed into the office waving one of the city’s blue colored ordinance violation tickets in my face asking me if I could help her with her ticket. I was a bit hesitant at first as my expertise lies with the orange tinted tickets–not the blue.
Most people don’t have to be told the function of a Denver boot.
That’s because intelligent drivers instantly recognize that bright yellow, heavy metallic disk on your tire is designed to immobilize the vehicle.
But, according to TribLocal, a Zion couple who parked in a private parking lot didn’t understand the simple physics of the boot on their car when they came back to find a boot on their car after spending the day at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.
My wife, in a state of perpetual anger toward me normally, seemed even more irate than usual, accusing me of somehow, screwing up so badly managing the household’s parking ticket issues, that a bright yellow boot was now firmly affixed to the front wheel of her car parked outside our home.
“That’s impossible,” I shouted incredulously at my wife. “There’s no way your car was booted!”
It’s two Denver boots for the price of one.
An Expired Meter reader caught not one, but two cars sporting bright yellow Denver boots, parked next to each other on Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park last Tuesday.
I bet these easy pickin’s made that booters day last week.
The two drivers? Not so much.
Thanks to our friend Kevin P. for the keen eye and great photo.
Wants Reform Of ’Oppressive’ Driving, Parking Policies
The corner of Halsted & Madison might seem an unlikely place for a press conference.
But Chicago mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle picked this location Monday afternoon for a very specific reason.
It’s because it is the location one of Chicago’s over 190 red light camera enforced intersections, an intersection that’s generated $326,000 in RLC revenue since it was first installed.
“Red light cameras were originally intended for the purpose of protecting pedestrians and reducing the number of automobile accidents at intersections with a history of automobile accidents,” said del Valle who voted for the original legislation allowing RLC enforcement when he was in the Illinois General Assembly. “I want to go back to that original intent.”
Chicago has the most red light cameras of any American city and issued 763,419 violations just in 2010, and generated $64.1 million in revenue in 2009.
While Chicago’s extensive red light camera program has generated over $250 million since its inception in 2003, del Valle has some strong reservations about how the program is being run, feels it has become overly oppressive to Chicago drivers and is proposing a comprehensive review of these policies.
“As mayor, if I don’t see evidence an intersection has a history of accidents than I don’t think there should be a red light camera there. We shouldn’t be installing red light cameras for the purpose of generating revenue, that’s not what they’re for. That’s not what they were originally intended.”