New use for old parking meters

parcodon.jpgVille-Marie and L’itinĂ©raire announce a joint project today to help reduce homelessness in the borough. This pilot project begins with the refurbishment of the old style parking meters which have largely been replaced with pay kiosks. The new “Donation Meters” are brightly colored and accept all Canadian coins. They will be placed in high traffic areas and encourage the community to help out. A little change can help make big changes. Spouse and I worked all weekend painting up some prototypes in the garage. This is not only a great way to recycle the old parking meters, but also a wonderful way for the community to get involved. Also, other large cities will measure the success of the project as it is the first of its kind anywhere. Look for the bright green and blue meters coming soon.

To read more about this exciting project, visit the magazine’s web site:

3 Comments so far

  1. vanou (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    That’s really cool and a great idea.
    I’m donating!

  2. Laiya (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    On the one hand, I think it’s a good idea but on the other, it seems almost like a way for squeamish people to give to the homeless without actually having to make contact with them. I know the money goes to a good cause and definitely won’t go towards beer or drugs but when you drop change into a homeless person’s hand or cup, you can look them in the eye and give them a smile. Feeding money into a meter just seems kind of cold. Cold but effective I suppose. In any case, at least somebody thought of a good way to reuse the old meters. Good job with the painting Tornwordo. Now if only you could do my walls too..hehe!

  3. zura (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    What a great idea, indeed!

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