Cielo Lutino

Cielo Lutino is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She has written for such publications as the L Magazine and Portland Monthly, and her literary nonfiction has appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review and Cold Mountain Review.

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“Pocketsourcing” may do away with street sensors for parking

“Pocketsourcing” may do away with street sensors for parking

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Any city that has purchased and installed wireless parking sensors may be the latest victim of rapid technological change, because a new app called PocketParker may make them obsolete. The app is still in development, but a paper about its progress was presented last week at the UbiComp computing conference in Seattle. Researchers from the State University […]

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Living in Google’s parking lot

Living in Google’s parking lot

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Employee benefits at Google are so plush that a handful of staff have admitted to living at the company’s campus parking lot in Mountain View, CA. One employee even published a kind of “how-to” guide on the Quora thread that revealed the practice. “Kitchen is irrelevant,” wrote AJWR, a self-described “Full-Stack Developer, Family Man – […]

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Street stencils honor pedestrian deaths

Street stencils honor pedestrian deaths

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A dozen locations in New York City now sport them: Ornate, white stencils of outstretched wings. Below each is the name of the pedestrian killed at that site and the date of the fatality. Designed by artist Robyn Renee Hasty, the stencils are the work of pedestrian advocacy group Right of Way, best known for […]

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Loophole in city’s parking laws create “unenforceable” regulations

Loophole in city’s parking laws create “unenforceable” regulations

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

You don’t know whose it is, but the broken down trailer with the peeling paint that’s been parked in front of your house for almost two months? Yeah, it’s not going anywhere. Those are the circumstances that residents of Shenandoah, TX, face due to a loophole in the city’s parking laws. According to current ordinance, […]

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Houston plans airport garage three times larger than the terminal

Houston plans airport garage three times larger than the terminal

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, 11 million people passed through Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport, a record number of travelers that means more flights — but also fewer parking spots for employees, passengers, and the people who ferry them to and from departure and arrival gates. “It’s always hard looking for a parking spot,” says Myesha Harry, who […]

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Free parking preferred over other transportation benefits, study finds

Free parking preferred over other transportation benefits, study finds

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Who doesn’t like freebies? Commuters in the D.C. area stayed true to expectations, and told researchers at Virginia Tech University (VTU) that take advantage of free parking when employers offer it. Commuters also said that they’d choose free parking over other transportation benefits, such as those for public transit or other travel modes, like biking or […]

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More money for an app that fights parking tickets for you

More money for an app that fights parking tickets for you

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets for drivers, found itself in an enviable position for a startup last month: turning down money from investors. It raised $1.2 million in seed funding from backers that included Merus Capital, Y Combinator, and angel investors such as Scott Banister and Mark Randolph, among others. The company […]

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Los Angeles judge questions city’s parking ticket procedures

Los Angeles judge questions city’s parking ticket procedures

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A judge has issued a tentative decision in a procedural challenge to how the city of Los Angeles handles its parking tickets. At the moment, public employees issue the citations, but Xerox (which has a contract with the city) processes them. A subcontractor to Xerox then reviews challenges to the tickets. Plaintiff Cody Weiss inadvertently called the […]

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Tech billionaire and Republican Party push pro-car initiative in SF

Tech billionaire and Republican Party push pro-car initiative in SF

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A rallying cry has gone out for drivers of privately owned cars in San Francisco: Support the Restore Transportation Balance initiative and stop paying for parking on holidays, Sundays, and after standard business hours. Proponents can also look forward to: Being able to decide whether new parking meters or dynamic pricing can be introduced in […]

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A choice between parking and affordable housing

A choice between parking and affordable housing

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The fighting looked over, but New York councilwoman Margaret Chin may have restarted a decades-long debate. She’s calling for the conversion of a parking garage to affordable housing after the site was removed from the Essex Crossing mixed use development. More widely known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), Essex Crossing has been […]

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