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A pair of researchers are taking on the scourge of free parking for holders of disabled parking permits. They say that the "policy is arguably bad for urban parking systems, definitely bad for city coffers, even bad for the environment," and that the problem is particularly bad in LA. They tracked the cars parked on one block of Flower Street Downtown over a 24-hour period and found that "cars with disabled placards ate up 80 percent of all of the meter time that day." [Atlantic Cities]