Best Of 2008

BEST “NO-DUH” IDEA BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Removing the parking meters from a nearly deserted Ybor City

The miles-long receipt tucked under your windshield wiper. The neatly printed text detailing your violation and its cost. The sinking feeling resulting from an imminent loss of money. In Ybor City, before the meters were removed, this costly inconvenience was inevitable for local folks who spent any time there. Ybor’s ruthlessly vigilant meter minders were known for their shady tactics, from lying in wait near almost-expired meters, to keeping tabs on a car long enough to issue two tickets, one before midnight and one after. Not really the best way to lure repeat or even potential visitors. Removing the meters rid us of parking stress that shouldn’t have been there in the first place.