Death Comes to the Penny Meter in Somerville

by Alice Magdziak • April 6, 2011 • Cities, Towns and VIllages, Third StateComments (0)1174

The Star Ledger recently reported that Somerville will be replacing its fleet of hand-cranked penny parking meters.  Did you ever think that those still existed?

As you can imagine, they are part of a very small dying breed and possibly the last town in New Jersey to still operate this type of meter.

Manufacturers haven’t made these meters in many years so officials say that getting parts for broken meters is nearly impossible.

The only thing I wish we could keep about the old-fashioned meters is that little joy you get when you park in a spot with lots of time left on a meter.  Most of the modern meters reset back to zero minutes when a car leaves a space.  I know, I know, it’s only 25 or 50 cents I’m saving, but it’s still one of those simple joys in life that is now mostly obsolete.

Read more about the meters here: Somerville plans to replace old-fashioned, hand-cranked penny parking meters |

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