On my walk into work this morning, I noticed that all the parking meters along Ross in front of the DMA have been removed. In their place, I found this playful parking station, which accepts bills and credit cards. To me, the kiosk looks like it is wearing a winking face, where the “take receipt” slot is a nose, and the yellow coin slot is the closed eye. That “coin return” slot? Looks to me like a Cindy Crawford-style upper-lip mole.
One potential beef with this new system: you’re supposed to park, take note of your numbered spot, then punch that number in when you pay. But the numbers I found on the curb this morning, like the numeral 3, pictured, were stickers. I hope that’s not the final design, because those will quickly go missing, and folks will be confused about which spot they should pay for. This is the can-do city of Dallas. Surely a better solution is in the works, and those decals are just temporary.