Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
The new parking meters and accompanying smartphone apps that D.C. debuted last year are a boon for anyone who never has quarters handy to pay for street parking. No change, no problem—just pay with your phone as you walk away from your car! The only problem: On top of the price of parking, the company takes a 32 cent fee on each transaction. Which means parking for an hour, then extending it for another 15 minutes, costs 64 extra cents. It’s a small price to pay for convenience—but it’s still a price.