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Few and fortunate are the sizeable cities in this country that have yet to meet the problem of providing sufficient parking places for the increasing number of automobiles that utilize their streets and highways.' For most cities the problem is an acute one. Some indication of its perplexity can be ascertained from a glance at the number of cities that have resorted to traffic commissions, studies and boards to seek a solution. If there is a solution to this problem, the traffic survey reports indicate that it lies in more extensive traffic control measures, rigidly enforced.

This note is intended to discuss one means of traffic control--the parking meter. The first meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1935; and by 1947, 888 cities at one time or another had done likewise. No attempt will be made herein to evaluate the efficacy, or prophesy the future, of the parking meter; such questions are for the traffic engineers and commissions." Instead, this note will consider only the principal problems and questions that arise from the installation of a parking meter by the state, city or municipality.

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