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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 15

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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MONDAY, JULY 15: NICKEL AND DIMING

Profile America — Monday, July 15th. When car drivers in Oklahoma City went to bed on this date in 1935, they probably had no idea how their world, and ours, was going to change come the next morning.  On July 16th, America's first parking meter was operating on the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue. While local drivers could avoid that space, they couldn't escape for long. That meter was just the first of many, as millions of ticketed motorists will attest, and as municipalities sought to raise revenues while rotating street parking spots among more drivers. At the same time, pay parking lots and garages began to spring up. Now a major business, there are more than 13,000 commercial parking facilities in the U.S, which take in well over $8 billion a year in parking fees. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/07/july-16-1935-first-parking-meter-installed
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 812930

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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