Why Is the PPA Teaching Us How Not to Get Tickets?

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will hold a workshop on avoiding parking tickets next month.

Seeing as the organization brings in a big chunk of money from its on-street operations (meaning parking fines, booting and towing fees, meter payments and permit fees), you’ve got to wonder… what’s going on here?

The PPA says the “fun-filled” workshop (again…trap?) will run between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on June 17th at the organization’s headquarters, located at 701 Market St. It’s titled “Parking 101: A Workshop on Avoiding Parking Tickets.”

Per a PPA event description full of exclamation points, those who attend will:

  • Hear from your own Parking Enforcement Officers the tricks to avoid tickets and readily understand any parking sign you may come across!
  • Get one-on-one, hands on instruction from a certified driving instructor on how to parallel park like a pro!
  • Learn tips on parking and driving safety for two and four wheeled vehicles!

If you’re as hesitant as we are, at least know that you’ll be given two hours of complimentary parking at the PPA’s “newly renovated Parkade” (a parking garage at 8th and Filbert streets) if you attend.

Space is limited. Those interested should register by emailing partnerwithppa@philapark.org. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 9th.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Boy George at TLA on April 18th

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Eighties pop star, gay icon and the karma chameleon himself, Boy George, is coming to Philadelphia‘s TLA on April 18th to promote his latest album, This is What I Do, and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away!

The album is a comeback of sorts for the singer-songwriter, who recently announced he’s on track to beating a longtime drug and alcohol addiction. He’s looking great, sounding fabulous, and the new album — the first all-new studio work since 1995’s Cheapness and Beauty — is getting solid reviews. The Guardian actually called it “the comeback of 2013.”

To win tickets to the show, fill in your name and email in the box below. Each day around 5 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner and email them with info on how to pick up their tickets. Entries get wiped out daily, so be sure to submit every day. You can find details about the show here.


Watch: Scissor Sisters

“Baby Come Home” is the second single from the Scissor Sister‘s new album Magic Hour. And while the glam rockers may not always be able to eclipse their brilliant first record (“Comfortably Numb,” “Mary” and “Return to Oz”), we’re feeling the new single and video – and the nun/Viking/sailor garb! Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, you had us at a very funkified hello.

Sisters fans will be happy to know the band’s playing the Electric Factory on July 5 (8:30 p.m.). Click here for tickets.