Rather than city parking services employees writing tickets and collecting the change out of meters, maybe they laid them all off figuring they'll raise/keep more money that way? I tried to park at three different meters downtown earlier this week (two on Michigan across from the Book Cadillac and another on Cass near Fort) and all were stuffed full with change, with torn cardboard sheets with hand written "no parking, meter full" messages on them. They lost out on my nickels and dimes......I parked anyway along with everyone else in a parallel spot. Huzzah!
In generally unrelated news, maybe all this new revenue is paying for the electricity powering the newly reactivated streetlights keeping Roosevelt Park aglow at night now. From Michigan to MCS and at least 16th to 14th, refurbished lamp housings, fixtures, poles and overhead wiring are more than adequately lighting Roosevelt Park with a pleasant mercury-vapor glow. Great to see!