Posted in Beyond Parking on Apr 15, 2015
It was a cloudy Atlanta day in February with snowflakes beginning to fall. Not a common occurrence but a perfect setting to do something that had never been done before. In a large conference room gathered the top 80 leaders of a parking company with a fantastic heritage. Just a year earlier Lanier Parking had been acquired with an eye to building the first real brand in the parking industry. And to do that the leaders of Lanier Parking had gathered to find their deepest story and with it the Lanier brand. In order to build a real brand, the leaders and line employees of a company have to tak...
Posted in Lanier in the Headlines on Mar 17, 2015
Jennifer Koski, a writer from Rochester, Minnesota, wondered about Orlando Berrio, the friendly, Lanier Parking cashier she’d been chatting with for the last 10 years at the Center Street Parking Ramp in Rochester. According to Ms. Koski, “…Orlando is so friendly and kind that he leaves me feeling a bit better than I did driving in.” Orlando’s story begins in Havana, Cuba and includes meeting Che Guevara, fighting for, and then against, Castro, and eventually being exiled from Cuba and finding asylum in the U.S. http://rochestermagazine.com/orlando/berrio/story-1109.html
Posted in Beyond Parking on Feb 23, 2015
Before I joined Lanier Parking, I perceived the company as a well-managed organization with strong foundations and a great team. Since joining, I am aware that today's Lanier is about so much more. The company is a collection of awesome human beings who just happen to be parking professionals. As such, Lanier's collective voice is ultimately an inspiring collage of 2,000 personal stories, each one a valuable part of our company’s growing brand. This is not a PR stunt, fad or cliché -- It is real. You may have noticed some new faces walking around our offices in Atlanta, visiting other cities ...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 21, 2014
Lanier Parking employees were recently asked to dance outside the lines to Pharrell's hit song, "Happy," capturing the footage on their smartphones. With the promise of a prize for the most creative video, and undeniable bragging rights, teams in Atlanta, Richmond, Knoxville, Orlando, and Kansas City rose to the challenge. Kansas City took the prize, with a performance that showcased their sense of humor and dance moves while drawing the local community into the fun.
Posted in Beyond Parking on Oct 24, 2014
A parking operations designer based in New Zealand, Kevin Warwood, took Transportation Demand Management (TDM) to task for supposedly requiring parking systems to operate badly on purpose. TDM asserts that through smart public policy, there can be a more equitable and efficient overall transportation system. It does not suppose any of the things that Warwood claims. TDM recognizes that parking is one component of a larger transportation system. Polices that affect one system affect all systems. For example, zoning that requires developers to build x number of parking spaces (i.e. parking mini...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Sep 08, 2014
What type of evil thoughts does the word hitchhiking conjure up? For many, it includes scary strangers, creepy weirdoes, and gruesome news stories. Of course, this is the hitchhiking of a generation ago when someone would stick their thumb out and throw caution to the wind. Today, hitchhiking is beginning to look very different. It includes smart phone apps, profiles, and feedback. No longer are the people entering into a hitchhiking agreement complete strangers. They are “trusted strangers,” says Jenny O’Brien, who has developed technology that allows people to share the ride. On the heels of...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 02, 2014
Interesting story on NPR about those pedestrian crosswalk countdown clocks. They apparently cause more crashes at safe intersections, because some drivers see three seconds remaining as a warning to slow down, while others see them as a reason to speed up and beat the clock. That leads to rear-end collisions. If there's good news, it's that the clocks reduce the number of pedestrian accidents. You can read the entire story here.
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 27, 2014
Electric vehicle owners have more opportunities to recharge with they work. We're seeing momentum toward installing more and faster EV charging stations in office parking garages. The multi-use community Atlantic Station, where Lanier has managed parking since 2005, added 10 more EV stations on Friday. READ THE STORY
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 15, 2014
Friday is National Bike to Work Day, started by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956. It has gained more traction in recent years as major cities become more bike friendly. How does your city rank? Our local NPR station ran a story today about Atlanta’s efforts to become more bike friendly. http://bit.ly/YvEN2l
Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 25, 2014
As an Atlanta LYFT user, I have been closely following the most recent legal battles in cities throughout the United States to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). If you are not already aware of TNC’s, they are taxi like services where customers use phone apps to request a ride from local residents in their own personal vehicles. Drivers are employees of the respective TNC, and all fares are handled online (no money changes hands). The rub is that TNC’s directly compete with local taxi services and cab companies that are highly regulated, unlike TNC’s. The question is whether or...