The legal notice is dry:
Notice is hereby given that the Downtown Plan Subcommittee of the Town Plan Implementation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 309 of the Westport Town Hall for the following purpose(s): Discussion of downtown parking issues/options with Kirby Andrews of Street Smart Technology.
But the impact may shake Westport, and alter it forever.
StreetSmart Technology sells “automated parking solutions.”
In other words: high-tech parking meters.
StreetSmart promises to increase “enforcement productivity and motorist compliance.” They’ll “monitor the status of every parking space during enforcement hours.” And they’ll provide “cash accounting and auditing controls.”
What a great idea — for municipalities that already have parking meters.
We don’t. Yet downtown is still withering on the vine.
You won’t see parking meters downtown next week.
But after Wednesday’s meeting, they may be much closer than they are today.