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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 21 12:30 AM

March 21st, 2020 : One Meter Town

One horse town has gone the way of sword fighting and knickers(US short pants, not underwear)
Especially considering the suburbs and rural towns have more horses than ever.
Winters CA has the distinction of being a one parking meter town with that meter surrounded by hundreds
of free diagonal spaces.

The Business District in Winters is only about four blocks long. This is a quiet little farming town but in the past few years it has become an attraction for visitors who wish to enjoy the country atmosphere or to dine at several fine restaurants. Unfortunately for locals, it soon became a problem finding a place to park. City Officials were getting an ear full about the downtown parking.
In the early morning of April 1, 2015 someone decided to install an old—yet still functioning—parking meter in the downtown area. This was the first parking meter to ever appear in this town of 7,000 people. A Sacramento television station dispatched a film crew to record this April Fool’s prank.

The locals quickly figured out they could ignore the meter and were soon going about their business as usual. The police department had been instructed to ignore the meter. They have never written a ticket. It is rumored that the police don’t even have an ordinance addressing parking meters.
Occasionally, a parent will drop in a dime and turn the red handle—just to show their young ones how it works. Out-of-towners have been seen feeding the meter and then walking away grumbling.

This rogue parking meter generates about $100 a year. All the money is donated to the annual fireworks fund. If you’re passing through Winters, drop in a few coins and then come back on the 4th of July for the fireworks. You paid for it.

BigV  Saturday Mar 21 06:44 PM

That's awesome.

My hometown has become a two-meter town. The space from the cash register back through the aisle is delineated with prominent stripes of tape perpendicular to the flow of traffic. These stripes are two meters apart back from the cash register toward the center of the store.

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