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World’s First Parking Ticket Issued August 6, 1935

Cop writes parking ticketIn August of 1935, as it is every August, it was hot in Oklahoma.

The Reverend Charles H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his car downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter.

The Park-O-Meters had just been installed the month before and had created sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.

North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street, walked to where the meter was planted in the cement in front of his automobile, and read the gadget. It demanded 5 cents to park there.

Happy %#@! Anniversary, 1st Parking Meter Installed July 16th

As you dig through your pockets for quarters to pay for your parking spot today, you have an additional reason to curse your parking meter.

Today, for urban motorists everywhere, this day could be labeled an anniversary of evil.

Because this day in 1935, the very first parking meter was installed at the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue, in downtown Oklahoma City, OK.

Big Apple Moves Forward With Parking Meter Privatization

Despite Chicago’s historically epic failure in privatizing its parking meter system in 2008, New York City has opted to move ahead with doing a similar thing there.

In fact, NYC is citing Chicago by name, as the model for what not to do to successfully pull off a meter privatization deal according to the Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ is reporting New York City issued a request for qualification (RFQ) for potential vendors to manage the city’s 80,000+ metered parking spaces on Monday. This is the first step towards requesting bids for the contract and eventually awarding a vendor with a deal to manage the nation’s biggest parking meter system grossing $150 million a year, while netting $93 million a year for the city.

Ticket Writer Charged With Taking Bribe To Make Parking Ticket ‘Disappear’

The wheels of justice move very slowly.

While the Chicago Sun-Times’ gossip columnist Michael Sneed is reporting about Parking Enforcement Aide Jamila Judkins recently charged with taking a $20 bribe in the form of a personal check to make a parking ticket disappear, the original alleged incident of bribery is nearly three years old.

The alleged bribe took place in March, 2009 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood and was originally reported on Ken’s Blog a week after the original incident with all the juicy details.

This site had reached out to the young man who wrote the $20 check in May, 2009 to get more information and try to confirm some of the details. He responded, and asked for us to keep his name out of any story.

Ultimately, when we didn’t get a response from the driver after tendering some followup questions to the original email, and therefore unable to confirm what we thought were crucial details, we decided against publishing the allegations at the time.

But here’s what he said in his email to our original inquiry.

“I was parking on Devon Ave. to go to the bakery. When I got out of the bakery I saw a meter maid giving me a ticket for not paying the meter. When she saw me she said, “since I went in and out of the bakery in five minutes she wasn’t going to give me the ticket”. I told her thank you and began to get into my car. She then said that when she let’s people off she usually gets a little something in return a small fee to her for $20.00. I told her I did not have any cash, and that I only had a check book. She then said I should go into my car and to write the check out to her name. So I went into my car and wrote her the check. She then walked off to go to the bank. When I got home I told my father what happened and he immediately canceled the check. We then went to the police station to file a report. The investigator then called me a few weeks later and had me pick out her picture.

The Politics Of Parking Meters

Candidates Make Meter Lease Deal Cause Celebre

Who would have ever thought the lowly parking meter would become the star of Chicago’s 2011 mayoral election?

But here we are, three years after Mayor Daley shoved his parking meter lease deal through the city council in 72 hours and three years of consecutive meter rate increases.

And Chicagoans are still angry, no…pissed about it.

Property taxes, public education, police staffing, budget deficits anyone?

Nah! Parking meters.

Every single major mayoral candidate still in the race has slammed the parking meter lease deal and some are trying to ride the issue straight into the Mayor’s office.

Mayoral Candidate Weighs In On Meter Lease Deal

GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: Jay Stone is one, if not the only person officially in the running in the 2011 Chicago mayoral campaign.

Stone is making the parking meter lease deal one of the main issues of his campaign and estimates Chicago has lost billions of dollars over the 75 years of the lease.

Here’s the first of a three part series.

The Parking Meter Fiasco Part 1

By Jay Stone

Chicago Lost One Billion Dollars or More in Revenue

Daley sold the rights to Chicago’s parking meters for $1.15 billion. Most American cities would consider $1.15 billion a financial bonanza, but the critics of the Chicago parking meter deal strongly disagree. Chicago’s Inspector General’s office said the Daley administration undervalued the parking asset by $1 billion.

August Marks 75th Anniversary Of World’s First Expired Meter Parking Ticket

Augusts are hot in Oklahoma City, and August of 1935 was no exception.

The Reverend C. H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his automobile downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter the newspapers had been talking about.

Park-O-Meters, the brand name of the first parking meters were just recently invented, and the first batch of 150 had just been installed the month before creating sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.

North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street. He walked to the curb where the meter was planted in cement just in front of his automobile, and read the gadget.

It demanded 5 cents to park there.

The good Reverend checked his right pocket, and then his left. A few pennies, a dime, a quarter and a few silver dollars, landed in the palm of his hand. But there were no nickels.

Poll: 80% Of Voters Still Hate Meter Lease Deal

Local news organizations over the past few days has been spending a lot of time hashing out the latest poll numbers on Mayor Daley.

The most recent Chicago Tribune poll shows an incumbent mayor with some pretty low numbers.

In fact, Mayor Daley’s weakest poll numbers ever.

One of the key issues that has put the Mayor’s favorability at odds with potential voters is the parking meter lease deal.

Happy %#@! Anniversary, First Parking Meter Installed 75 Years Ago Today

As you dig through your pockets for a quarter to pay for your parking spot today, you have an additional reason to curse your parking meter.

Today, for urban motorists everywhere, this day could be labeled an anniversary of evil.

Because this day in 1935, the very first parking meter was installed at the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue, in downtown Oklahoma City, OK.

Free Overnight Parking Confusion In Hyde Park

Things are confused in a Hyde Park parking lot.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it seems Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) very generously spent $52,000 of her aldermanic budget, to allow residents to park overnight for free in a park district lot located at 55th and South Shore Drive.

Recently, the park district added parking meters to many of its lakefront parking lots. Hairston wanted to give constituents a break and paid for 100 spaces to be used from 7 PM to 9 AM.