The City: Pleasant Backtracking


The municipal world gasped in awe and wonder at the mass decapitation 14 months ago, when the city of St. Petersburg, Fla. (pop. 200,000), lopped off every one of its 4,1 86 curbside parking meters. Letters poured in from cities as far away as Britain, asking about the feasibility of this unprecedented backtracking—the result of a determined campaign by Realtor Richard D. Tourtelot, who managed to convince St. Petersburg officials that the meters were the major factor in the blight that had fallen on the city's downtown area. Downtown doldrums are getting to be pandemic, and if meter removal...

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