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LA recently finished replacing all its coin-operated parking meters with solar-powered smart meters (which take credit cards or coins), and "This spring, for the first time, the parking department made more money from credit and debit cards than it did from cash. In March, card payments at city parking meters and kiosks totaled $2.34 million, slightly more than half the $4.46 million collected that month." Meanwhile, overall parking profits were up by nearly half in 2012. [LAT, image via]