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One of the many, many headaches inherent in any large metropolis is parking. Simply put, there isn't enough of it and if there is, it's a nine-mile walk from your actual destination. Ignoring the lack of spots and convenience, though, there's a greater issue that makes big-city parking a big pain – it's expensive.

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Three young entrepreneurs from California have come up with an idea that could earn you free parking at the airport. What's the catch? You let them rent out your car while you're gone.

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In San Jose, California, as in many cities, hybrids (at least those bought in the city) park free. This has lead to a $7,700 loss of revenue, monthly, for the city. That's not too much, in the larger picture, but a little more couldn't hurt, right? City council member Pete Constant wants zero emission vehicles to qualify for that free parking too, no matter where they were purchased. But the proposal was taken off the agenda by the city attorney. Why? A potential conflict of interest, as Pete is

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Remember the study that said "if Americans were to utilize one of the latest eco-friendly motor scooters for just 10 percent of their everyday travel, they could potentially reduce national fuel consumption by 14 million gallons of gasoline per day and decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 324 million pounds per day?" Well, in an effort to make that a reality, Piaggio, through their Vespa brand's Vespanomics marketing strategy, is making an effort to make free scooter parking legal in New York. T

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The Southern California Honda Dealers Association is trying some friendly, if a bit odd, tactics to sell more new cars. Dealers in the group are sending out its employees in blue Honda shirts to carry groceries, pump free gas and hand out complimentary popcorn at theaters. Pasadena drivers were even treated to free parking, when one street's parking meters were covered in blue hoods that said, "It's on us," and "Helpful Honda."

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In a move similar to London's push to charge for parking on a sliding scale related to vehicle emissions, employees at BP's Alternative Energy facility in Houston receive free parking if they drive the very greenest vehicles. BP pays for its employees parking based on their vehicle's emission levels, providing completely free parking only to highly efficient models like the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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Last week, Sebastian mentioned that New Haven, CT is allowing hybrid drivers to park at city meters for free as long as they are residents and display a sticker issued by city hall. Great idea.

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