One more knife in the heart of circulating coins - here's an article on the removal of the last traditional coin-only parking meter in Minneapolis.
With a few lightning-fast turns of his wrench, 47-year city employee P.J. Peterson ushered in a new age of parking in Minneapolis.
Peterson and an associate removed the last traditional coin-only parking meter still standing in city limits, on Washington Avenue south between 15th Avenue South and Interstate 35W.
It was the last step in a two-year project to update the city's aging single-meter fleet to new, computerized meters that control multiple spaces.
The computer meters are "obviously popular with people who don't want to be chasing around on the floor of their car for coins, and it's good for the city because we don't have to make so many trips to empty the meters out," said City Council member Sandy Colvin Roy.
Colvin-Roy says 55 percent of the 5.7 million people who park on the street in Minneapolis each year now use credit cards to plug their meter.
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Last coin-only parking meter pulled from service in Mpls
Wayne Homren, Editor
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