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List: How "smart" meters will change parking in S.F. 

Wednesday, Aug 4 2010
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Last week, the city began to roll out SFpark, "smart" meters that, through a networked program, adjust how much it costs to park in each space based on driver demand. How will this change parking in San Francisco?

• A lot more parking meters will be stolen for their valuable computer parts

• Only the people who own the Financial District will be able to afford to park in it

• People in the Outer Sunset won't notice any change, just as usual

• San Franciscans will enjoy the electric thrill of never being able to predict how much an important commodity will cost

• Parking rates in the Richmond District will drop suddenly after parking meter #1862 learns how to love

• Drivers will stop using the city's parking meters after Apple releases a sleeker, cooler, iMeter

• Hipsters will demand rent control for parking spaces in the Mission

• Glenn Beck has now declared that people who pay for parking in San Francisco are socialists

• "How much did you park for?" will become a thing we all talk about

• When problems come up, no one will actually understand how the system works

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