a lost opportunity

When Terry and I want some ocean time one of the places we go is Capitola. It is just south of Santa Cruz and the village borders on Capitola Beach. There is a large parking lot on the northeast end of the village, and that is normally where we leave the car. They used to have parking meters. I liked that because if I put too much money in the meter we left time for someone else. It was my own way of paying it forward.

They changed that. There is now a central cluster of pay stations and each stall is numbered. It is a system that has long been used by transit agencies like BART. More efficient, no doubt. But it is a lost opportunity to pay it forward.

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