History of Parking Meters
by B.J. Delas Armas
on 10/30/2003 09:11:00 AM
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Do you ever remember ever thinking that you would kill the guy who invented some annoyance like school, lawyers, or parking meters ?
Well, I got the name of one of those punks who created these annoyances: Carl C. Magee, the parking meter.
Feel free to dig him up and successively pelt him with pennies till you feel like he or someone else gets the message.
"The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Mr. Magee had been appointed to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce traffic committee, and was assigned the task of solving the parking problems in downtown Oklahoma City. Apparently, folks who worked in the area were parking on downtown streets, staying all day, and leaving few spaces for shoppers and others who visited the central business district."
"Magee's solution was to install parking meters, charge for the use of the parking spaces, and turn over those spaces that would otherwise have been filled by all day parkers. In addition, the parking meters would generate revenue for a growing city. It must have worked, as the idea of metered parking eventually caught on worldwide. From that early beginning, the use of parking meters by municipalities, colleges and universities, and private parking facilities has increased to the point that today, in the United States alone, there are an estimated five million parking meters in use."
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