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As 2014 comes to a close, NPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NPA News Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


Hackers Attack Payment Vendor for Parking Garages
Consumer Affairs
From Dec. 3: If you worry about hackers stealing the credit or debit-card number you use to buy things from various hackable retailers this holiday season, bear in mind those aren't the only hackers you need worry about: some hackers get you when you're shopping, others get you where you park. The Security Week news site reported that an "unauthorized attacker gained access" to the payment processing systems used by SP+, a company that owns and operates over 4,000 parking garages throughout the country.
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How Free Parking is Screwing Up Our Cities
U.S. News & World Report
From April 16: What if lawmakers could, in one fell swoop, make their cities safer and healthier places to live? There's a potentially simple way to do so, but it would mean cutting back on something that many Americans hold dear: free parking. A new study led by the Drexel University School of Public Health is aimed at showing the links between parking costs and mass transit use, giving policymakers a tool for crafting better transportation policies.
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3 of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages are in 1 Small City
Gizmodo
From April 16: Three of the world's most beautiful parking garages are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica, Calif. Why does this beachside city have such beautiful garages? It's thanks to a unique convergence of factors. In recent years, Santa Monica experienced a parking crisis and needed to add spaces — fast. Instead of paving half the downtown, the city decided to create state-of-the-art garages that other cities could look to for the future of parking.
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New Chicago Scam: Counterfeit Parking Meter Receipts
Chicago Tribune
From Feb. 11: Pricey parking meter rates and the modern ease of dummying up fake documents are driving a new scam in downtown Chicago: Counterfeit receipts left on dashboards of unsuspecting visitors who've paid a valet to stow their cars. City law requires valet services to park cars in an off-street lot or garage, but unscrupulous operators are making counterfeit receipts en masse and using them to park cars in metered spaces.
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Check Out This Village Building's Vaunted Robot Parking
Curbed NY
From June 18: The parking garage-turned-condo conversion at 12 East 13th Street will be the city's first building to use the Park Plus robotic parking system, and now, along with the building's new-to-market $7.5 million listing, comes a glimpse of the mystical, human-less endeavor that Curbed has yet to dote over.
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Will LocoMobi be the Uber of Parking?
Fast Company
From April 30: Two parking entrepreneurs are joining forces in an attempt to disrupt the world of parking. QuickPay, led by Barney Pell, has acquired another parking innovator, Nautical Tech Solutions, led by Grant Furlane. They are joining forces under a new brand, LocoMobi, and have aspirations to become what they call the "Uber of parking." Furlane will be CEO, while Pell stays on as chairman and chief strategy officer.
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New LA-Wide Valet Crackdown May Free Up Public Parking Spaces
NBC Los Angeles
From Feb. 5: The city of Los Angeles has officially started its crackdown on valet operators. Police on Saturday began enforcing new regulations on valet businesses after an ordinance passed by LA City Council went into effect in November. Valet operators are now required to have a permit, show proof of insurance, and all valet drivers must be licensed and complete background checks.
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Worst Cities for Parking Your Car
Nerd Wallet
From March 26: There's nothing worse than spending your precious time finding a parking spot only to fork over a small fortune to park your car for a few hours. Not only can searching for parking be stressful, but paying for parking can be a big strain on your wallet as well. Parking is one of the main reasons a lot of people ditch the car if there's good public transportation in their city.
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Google, Where's My Car? Google Adds Parking Location Card
Search Engine Watch
From May 7: Have you ever spent what seems like hours roaming around a large parking lot searching for your car? With the click of a button, a new Google Now update can save the location of your car as a handy card. When you're ready to locate your car all you need to do is visit Google Now, hit the card, and then use Google Maps to find your car exactly where you (almost) remember leaving it.
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Could the Ease of Uber Come to Parking Garages?
The Washington Post
From April 23: Anyone who has ever tried Uber knows the joy of how simple it is. Your wallet stays in your pocket and everything is done on your phone. There's a remarkable lack of friction. Barney Pell wonders why parking in a garage or lot can't be just as easy? Instead we struggle to lean out of our cars to press the ticket button, sometimes lose our tickets, and have to feed money or credit cards into payment machines.
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