As I was walking down Penn Avenue this week, I stopped to take this picture before it was gone forever. Pittsburgh is joining the ranks of cities that use multispace meter systems. The city’s individual parking meters are slowly disappearing as they are replaced by the multispace system. Yet even before the transition began, Pittsburgh’s parking meters were suffering. A complete row of intact meters marching off into the distance, such as those pictured, has been a rare sight in the city for years. Usually there are at least a few with their heads chopped off or their stalks bent. On close inspection, this row did have graffiti on many of the heads and at least one meter was out of order. However, in the spring sunshine, these meters looked almost pristine with their gold heads gleaming.