"The parking meter is a perfect example of a pivot point on how people got around in American urban areas," he said. "It sparked a renaissance in our inner cities."
Oklahoma City, where parking meters began, modernizes system →
Bob Blackburn, director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, told the Tulsa World earlier this year that the group's state funding has been slashed by more than 40 percent in the past eight years.
Foundation tries saving historic home amid state budget cuts →