Reader John Paul of Prairie Archives points out that my account of smart phone parking apps in “Parking smartly” (Sept. 14, 2017)  was misleading.

Downtown street parking spaces are metered in the first place to encourage turnover that makes short-term parking available to shoppers and errand-runners. Feeding meters to stay beyond marked limits  is illegal in Springfield, as just about everywhere else. 

The new smart phone apps allow one to add time only up the maximum allowed on that meter, not to extend one’s stay beyond it. My apologies. 

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