The annals of municipal history — or any history, for that matter — do not overflow with admissions of new ideas not working out. Hence a nod to Keene Police Chief Kenneth J. Meola for acknowledging this week that a recent innovation in collecting parking fees wasn’t doing the job and ought to be scrapped.
Last year the City Council agreed to test out two computerized kiosks to serve 47 parking spaces in Keene’s downtown. Instead of depositing coins in individual meters, motorists would walk to one of the kiosks to make their payments. It was imagined that parking revenues might rise, partly because motorists would no longer be able to be piggyback on time left on meters at vacant spaces. There were additional possible efficiencies based on the record of such kiosk systems in other places.