Parking Meters in Tucson
Parking meters were first installed in Tucson in February 1948. In 1948 a penny bought 12 minutes, and five pennies or a nickel bought an hour. The parking meters were not placed to generate revenue; it was hoped that the turnover in parking spaces would make more parking available.
In 1979 city councilman, Roy Laos wanted to remove the parking meters from the downtown area. Laos was concerned that business were leaving downtown Tucson because of the parking meters. There was a negative reaction to this idea, so Laos withdrew the idea.
Starting in August 2008, the City of Tucson stared a pilot program to test new parking meters. The new parking meters are solar powered, monitor multiple parking spots, take credit cards and call the city when meter time is up.
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