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April 1, 2011
YEARS ago, I lived in Rome for a while. Despite the obvious pluses, there was one monumental drawback: customer service in the public sector. Like toadstools, the workers were toxic, ubiquitous and impossible to get rid of. Which, of course, meant they had absolutely no incentive to be efficient, much less polite. I'd often gloat to my Italian friends that Americans understood the work ethic so much better than they did. I'd tell them about smiling employees who said, "Have a nice day" and didn't treat you like a cold sore.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | By Peter Nicholas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When he took over as mayor in 1992, Ed Rendell took a step to prevent the appearance of favoritism. He barred agencies under his control from hiring his wife's law firm. Nine months later, the Philadelphia Parking Authority hired her firm anyway. After conferring with a Rendell administration lawyer and deciding such a move wouldn't pose appearance problems for the mayor, the authority retained Duane Morris & Heckscher in September 1992. At the time, Marjorie O. Rendell was a partner in the firm.
NEWS
May 17, 2010 | By Dylan Purcell and Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When Walter F. Vogler Jr., a deputy director at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, sought signatures for his petition to run for the Republican State Committee, he didn't have to look far. He signed it himself, and the next 33 people to sign were fellow employees of the PPA. Of those signers, 21 were also candidates in Tuesday's primary, seeking seats on the Republican City Committee, the lowest-level party offices. PPA employee Jeanine DiGiannantonio has also been helping out with that election.
NEWS
February 22, 1986
I will accept nothing but total disbandment of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Ted Lahm Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 15, 1988
A typographical error resulted in an incorrect figure in a letter by William L. Rafsky of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, published yesterday. The number of tickets written annually is 1.5 million.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | Melissa Dribben is an Inquirer staff writer
Everyone has a parking-violation story. And they all end the same way. In nuclear-ballistic fury, venom-spewing outrage, and teeth-gnashing indignation that the only efficient agency in Philadelphia is the one that makes life unbearable. And unaffordable. "Let's take a step back here," says Jeremiah Connors, director of the Philadelphia Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. "We're talking about parking tickets. " Ooh, baby, you bet we are. Those paper tongues wagging under the windshield wiper have a unique power to stir the soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2010
10:30 tonight A&E The issue of night-booting cars in Philadelphia threatens to get out of hand as one woman faced with a boot won't stop crying, and an enraged wife takes on the city and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to protest a $1,000 ticket.
NEWS
June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
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NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Paul L. Jaffe, 88, of Philadelphia, a corporate and real estate lawyer who served as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for two years in the 1990s, died July 22 of an infection at home. Judge Jaffe was senior counsel to the Center City law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. His specialty was mergers and acquisitions, as well as real estate and corporate law. Much of his work entailed representing the operators of parking lots here, and in New York, New Jersey, and Seattle.
NEWS
June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Emails between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and taxi owners about legislation to limit ride-sharing services in the city are evidence of the PPA actively fighting against cab competitors, rather than just regulating, Uber representatives said Friday. "The PPA is unelected, unaccountable, and now we know untrustworthy as well," Jon Feldman, Uber's Pennsylvania general manager, said at a news conference Friday afternoon. The parking authority has authority over taxis in Philadelphia, and receives money from the industry in the form of medallion sales and licensing fees.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has received a $121,742 rebate from Peco Energy Co. for installing 1,400 energy-efficient LED lights on the terminal arrivals roadway at Philadelphia International Airport between Terminals A to F. The new lights, which replaced high-wattage conventional lighting, are estimated to save the Parking Authority $120,000 a year in energy costs. The parking authority owns and operates the Philadelphia airport parking garages. The rebate is part of Peco's "smart equipment incentives" program that gives small businesses, commercial and industrial customers, and government institutions financial rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
NEWS
September 23, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, a parking garage that has towered over Eighth Street as a dank monument to urban renewal has greeted motorists as a glaring eyesore. While revitalization failed the first time around with the Parkade, the Philadelphia Parking Authority hopes the second time will charm. The agency best known for coldly efficient parking enforcement is behind a $28 million overhaul of the prominent garage that's surprisingly inviting. From the inside, the behemoth that houses nearly 1,200 spots and forms a tunnel along Eighth Street in Market East has been gutted, repainted, repaved, redecked, rewired, relit - it will even have two charging ports for electric cars.
NEWS
September 16, 2015
DID YOU KNOW you can reserve a permanent, on-street parking space right in front of your home if you drive a pricey electric vehicle (EV)? Neither did the residents on Delancey Street between 2nd and 3rd in Society Hill until they awoke to find their parking spots reduced. City planners sometimes forget that "good" ideas can have a "bad" impact on people. The EV program was not thought through. It turned into a land grab for the wealthy, providing them with a bonus worth more than $100,000 a year.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell and Michele Tranquilli, Inquirer Staff Writers
Some urban legends are true: Cars parked in the center of Broad Street in South Philadelphia are rarely ticketed, newly released figures show. But watch out if you try to snag a residential parking space elsewhere in the area. The Philadelphia Parking Authority and city police hand out more than 4,000 tickets on the typical day - most heavily in Center City. Data made public for the first time tracking nearly five million parking citations since 2012 confirms the obvious: Center City is a tough place to park.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Given the Philadelphia Parking Authority's apparently ample time for gratuitous enforcement, ride-share crackdowns, and reality television, Jim Kenney's impulse to find more for the agency to do is understandable. The Democratic mayoral nominee, who recently suggested that the authority's ruthless army of meter monitors be mobilized to enforce construction codes and more, isn't the first to wonder whether its shock-and-awe strategy could be applied to matters more pressing than, well, parking.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pango USA, the company creating a mobile-payment system for parking in Philadelphia, will move its operations to the city from Manhattan, Pango USA president Neil Edwards said Tuesday. Edwards said Pango will probably seek a location in Center City close to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which last week selected Pango as the vendor for its mobile-payment system. The small company will move its four or five operations staffers to Philadelphia and "probably" its marketing and sales staff, too, Edwards said.
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