ITP Parking Blues

Dear City of Atlanta,

As a destination for someone in a car, you suck. You outsourced your on-street parking control to some outfit called ParkAtlanta, and took the individual parking meters in Midtown away. Evidently you replaced them with these oh-so-environmentally-correct "Pay Stations," one for every 10 or so parking spots:

Parking Station

Notice the color of the parking station. It's BLACK. Friggin' BLACK. No light on it. Easy to spot when you park nearby, right?  In the dark? In an unfamiliar area? NOT!!!!

NOW I remember hearing the horror stories of the overzealous enforcement and last spring's moratorium, but last week they were the furthest thing from my mind.

When I parked on the side street (Peachtree Place) at the Midtown Publix Friday evening to grab something for dinner, I looked on the sidewalk beside the parking spot for a meter. I saw nothing. Nada. Zilch. I ran in, took about fifteen minutes to finally decide on a lovely salad, rice pudding, & Caffeine Free Diet Coke, and hopped back into my car for the short trek over to the parking garage at Technology Square. As I turned the corner onto West Peachtree, I saw something flapping under my windshield wiper. At the next stop light, I hopped out, grabbed it off the car, hopped back in, looked at it, and began turning the air inside my car bluer than the frozen air outside. It wasn't until late the next afternoon that this OTP gal finally figured out how the parking schtick works there in Midtown. 

Yeah, you got me, you bastards. There was no way I was going to see a black, unlit parking pay station at 9:30 at night in a strange area of town, unless it was either right beside my space or (debatably) right beside the front door of Publix. You must have been waiting to swoop right down on me during the 15 minutes I was inside. I'll pay the ticket, though $25 would buy me a whole lot of coffee. However, this is just one more reason I only come ITP south of Buckhead to hit IKEA (with their own FREE parking deck), and straight back home.


    • Anella on January 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This happened to me the other week.. it sucked. The thing is I had bought a ticket earlier for just £1 – went shopping, left. Then the partner decided he wanted to go back later, this time we didn’t bother getting a ticket & YEP, I got a £25 fine [equivelent of $39]. I am never avoiding those ticket machines again!!

    Btw, I just realised that most of the visitors to my blog apparantly come via your site, which is weird because you have no link or anything! I wonder why this is? Strange =]

    Take Care,
    Anella x

      • Julia on January 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Anella, that is totally weird that your visitors come via here. I have no idea why???

      I popped over to your blog for a look-see. Your little puplet is completely adorable — I want to just BOOP! his nose and give him a big ol’ snorgle :-).

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