WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NICKEL AND DIMING
Profile America — Friday, July 15th. Motorists in Oklahoma City were confronted with America's first parking meter this month in 1935. It was located on the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue, and while local drivers could avoid that single space, they couldn't escape for long. That meter was just the first of many to sprout up in Oklahoma City and across the nation, as millions of ticketed motorists will attest. While municipalities sought to rotate street parking spots among more drivers, raising revenue was always a consideration. At the same time, pay parking lots and garages began to open for business. Today there are over 12,500 such commercial parking facilities in the U.S., which take in around $7.5 billion a year in parking fees. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
First meter/accessed 4/28/2016: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/07/july-16-1935-first-parking-meter-installed
Parking lots and garages and employment/NAICS 812930: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~812930
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by 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 "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau