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At long last, Lansing gets a parking app

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Look out: Lansing on-street parking is about to enter the 21st Century.

The city will announce a not-so-secret modernization on Thursday. According to a press release issued late today, Mayor Andy Schor will “reveal transformational facility upgrades and new technology, including a mobile app, that will enhance the parking experience in Lansing.”

Of course, with meter readers still collecting change in Lansing, it doesn’t take a lot to be transformational. Lansing is well behind other cities in introducing a way to pay online for parking. The app will undoubtedly also allow parkers to renew a spot if they can’t make it back before their time expires.

Lansing citizens have noticed the signs, which went up last week, letting them know the big leap forward was coming.

What else the announcement entails is still under wraps, but the public can find out at a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 17) on the southeast corner of Ottawa Street and Washington Square, in front of 100 N. Washington. Joining hizzoner will be Brian McGrain, the city’s director economic development, and parking manager Chad Gambill.

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