Curt Brenton shows Pat Hobson how to use a smart meter in downtown Iowa City. The Transportation Services Department is testing models from five different companies this week.
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As Iowa City and other communities upgrade their parking meters, some users struggle with the new technology.
Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.
But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.
President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. He spent a lot of time discussing his call this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to the middle class. He also addressed the economy… something his presumptive GOP opponent, Mitt Romney has attacked him on. And as Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, how he addresses the lagging economy could be what makes or breaks his reelection.