"There's plenty to hate about driving—traffic jams, car accidents, speeding tickets
—not to mention the endless headache of finding a spot to park. So what if you
discovered an invention that could wean us from our vehicles, combating suburban
sprawl and making city streets less dangerous, congested, and polluted? Well, that
device has been around for nearly 80 years: It's called the parking meter.
Read the entire article by following this link.
More than a few related links re: street vitality, walkability, on-street metered parking (vs bike lanes):
Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane from NPR.org
The Effects of On-Street Parking - The University of Texas at Austin
Bicycling and On-Street Parallel Parking - Human Transport.org
On-Street Parking and Bicycling in a Town Center | Dom's Plan B Blog
The Importance Of Street Parking | Planetizen
From Lithuania: That's One Way to Make Sure Nobody Parks in a Bike Lane