I can’t tell you the number of times I have been driving in Minneapolis trying to find a parking spot that doesn’t have a coin meter┬ábecause I forgot to bring quarters to feed the machine. It never fails that I then have no choice but to park with a meter, and pray I can be in and out before the meter maid comes around to check the darn thing. It’s a game I really don’t like playing.

Now it looks like Minneapolis will be doing us all a favor by installing“smart” meters that can take credit and debit cards (and coins). Yippie! Right now, the new meters are going in around the Warehouse District, but by 2012, all 6,800 in Minneapolis will be replaced. All this technology doesn’t come cheap – the total cost is $6.6 Million.

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