Montreal Repurposes Parking Meters to Help the Homeless Montreal Repurposes Parking Meters to Help the Homeless
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Montreal Repurposes Parking Meters to Help the Homeless

by Andrew Price

August 6, 2010

Since 2007, Montreal has been turning old mechanical parking meters into donation banks to collect change to help the city's homeless population. This year the program, called ParcoDon, recruited local celebrities and artists to customize and "adopt" each one, giving the program a creative twist and some local flavor.

There are about 70 of these around the streets of the Ville-Marie borough. In its first three years, the program collected nearly $23,000. Nice work, Quebec.

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Montreal Repurposes Parking Meters to Help the Homeless