The Best Inventions Ever : Item #1

Parking in Los Angeles is a problem. There’s never enough and when there is a spot, it’s too small; sometimes because it’s to small, but mainly because the owners of Hummers and Suburbans continue to INSIST that they are a “Compact” car and take up one and a half spaces. Sorry, large vehicles, but you’re delusional. You will never properly fit there. I’m sorry that you have to search a little longer for a space and maybe walk a littler further. If you want to park in the compact spaces, sell your whale and get a compact car. Have some respect, please. Soapbox complete.

About a year ago, one of our local malls, Century City Westfield Mall, got tired of the traffic jams inside the parking garage and installed one of the most genius inventions in the world – the Parking Garage Parking Light System (not it’s official name, fyi).

(I apologize for the lack of picture quality. The lighting down there is tricky!)

There is a light above EVERY parking space connected to a sensor. When a car is parked in the space, the light turns red – meaning, no, you can’t park here. When there is no car in the space, the light is green – meaning, green means car, park your car! And to add a bonus, the Handicapped Spaces have lights that turn blue (instead of green) so there’s no accidental “I didn’t know if was Handicapped” parking.

And to add a cherry on top, at each intersection, there is a information panel that tells you how many spaces are open in which direction.

I know, GENIUS. It cuts parking time down to minutes…assuming ther are spaces open, of course. That is a problem that has yet to be solved.

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