Thursday, February 14, 2013
Winnipeg's parking meters ARE a dog's breakfast.
During the summer Cherenkov posted Simplicity in Parking at Anybody Want a Peanut. It was a comparison between Montreal's clean, simple parking meters versus Winnipeg's cluttered combination of stickers, pictograms and micro-text. He concluded that Winnipeg's meters were a dog's breakfast.
I agreed with much of what he said. I've never been a fan of the instruction panel on our meters. Sometimes, putting too much instruction (or the same instructions repeated more than once) is more confusing than leaving some things to intuition.
I was in Paris over New Year's and thought I would see a big, international city had on offer for its parkers. It turns out that they opt for the simple as well.