Thursday, September 22, 2011

End of the Parking Meter

Those upside down, bulbous metal posts that line our streets -- called parking meters -- are withering on the urban vine. The last one was officially removed on Monday and the plan is to remove them city-wide very soon. In their place, we will have Muni-meters, boxes where you can use coins, dollars, debits or credit cards, that will print out a small ticket that you then display in your car's windshield.

Yet another sign o' our times. 

As I opine on here often, the city is changing before our eyes in ways big and small, and in ways we could never have imagined a few years ago. Parking meters were one of those things that were just ... there ... as though they'd always been there and would also be there ... as though they'd grown naturally out of the asphalt.

No they are no more. The only place you'll be able to see them soon will be in museums. We'll be telling our grandchildren about them and they'll have no idea what we're talking about. 

So farewell parking meters -- you had a great run taking our money and forcing us to look for coins. You'll always have a small place in my heart ... even if it's for no good reason why.


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