Snow Emergency Over, But PPA Is Still Being Nice

From the Philadelphia Parking Authority:

PPA will enforce only safety violations today. Tickets will be issued for any safety violations. Meters, kiosks and timed zones will not be enforced today.

All parking regulations will be enforced beginning tomorrow morning at 7am. This includes meters, kiosks and times zones. Towing and impoundment of illegally parked vehicles in Tow Away Zones will resumes tomorrow morning.

All parking regulations will be enforced on Sunday and Monday (Presidents Day) including towing of vehicles parked in tow zones.

The $5 snow rate in PPA garages will end tomorrow morning at 8:30am.

Philadelphia Parking Authority Boots Widow’s Car Over 23-Year-Old Tickets


Bucks County’s Judi Space had to come to Center City last week to meet with her estate attorney, since her husband passed away suddenly in December.

She decided to make a day of it.

Space met her cousin for lunch near Washington Square. She visited with her daughter. And when she returned to her car, parked perfectly legally at 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Space was shocked to find that it had been booted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Read more »

Property’s Morning Obsession: Perfection in a Parking Meter

Last week’s CBS3 headline read: “PPA Plans To Keep Old School Meters In Most Philadelphia Neighborhoods.” The good news? That means most neighborhoods won’t have to master those inscrutable kiosks that reject fully 50 percent of the dollar bills you own. The bad news? The words “old school” are a bit of an understatement.

Over at Yanko Design, where builders and inventors launch prototypes and get feedback, DCA Design International has developed this parking meter, which looks phenomenal. As Yanko’s Radhika Seth put it, “We need this parking meter NOW!” I would argue Seth hasn’t seen parking meter need until he’s been to Philly.

This meter, called ParkD, has a lot of the same features the Philadelphia kiosks do, only made better, and with smartphone sync. And the aesthetics, well, they speak for themselves.

We need this parking meter NOW!