WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NICKEL AND DIMING
Profile America — Thursday, July 16th. On this date in 1935, drivers in Oklahoma City were confronted with America's first parking meter, collecting rent for a space on the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue. 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 nearly 12,000 such commercial parking facilities in the U.S., which take in well over $7 billion a year in parking fees. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
First meter: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/07/july-16-1935-first-parking-meter-installed
Parking lots and garages/NAICS 812930: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
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