Your Parking Authoritarians

Impark is using public property to extort students and faculty

Impark: Pave paradise. Put up a parking lot.

A message from the Assistant, Human Resources, UFV

Stephen Bau stopped by HR regarding an Impark issue. He has received five tickets with Impark even though he pays for the stall every time he parks. He has been able to resolve the issue when he calls them, but is not happy that he has to deal with this on a constant basis. I’ve attached his most recent ticket. He went to the bookstore to get a resolution and was told that they only deal with paying for parking passes. Ancillary Services does facilitate and coordinate/communicate with Impark, correct? If you could touch base with Stephen to provide a solution about this problem, I know he would appreciate it.

A message from the Assistant to the Director, Ancillary Services, UFV to Dave Lebans, Operations Manager, Impark

Hi Dave,

Can you please reverse the attached ticket?

A message from Dave Lebans, Operations Manager, Impark to Assistant to the Director, Ancillary Services, UFV

Hi Elizabeth,

A message from myself to Impark

Then, I went into full social justice warrior mode, sending the following electronic missive to the UFV administration and Dave Lebans, Operations Manager, Impark, Burnaby BC.


My expression of frustration and appeals to the UFV administration and Impark appeared to fall on deaf ears, so I used my skills as a problem solver and a communications designer to increase the urgency of my message.

Impark: an undemocratic tax to incentivize the paving of paradise and the perpetuation of our capitalist dystopia

A Response

Within sixteen minutes of sending the above message with a PDF of my sign, I received the following response.

Damage Control

At this point, the public relations management team of Impark should be informed of a potential public relations disaster for the corporate brand and an action plan will need to be activated to deal with the media.

Doing My Research

I thought it would be a good idea to make sure that I had photographic documentation of the area and the existing signs. I would consistently park in the same place, if it was available, in stall 7251, close to the entrance on the right-hand side of College Drive.

There is no indication on this sign of another PayByPhone lot number.

A Public Protest

It may not be Luther’s 95 Theses, but these posters might be a worthy protest to see Impark banished from the university. Why should students have to pay for parking because of a stadium built by the city for a hockey team that left town? Download the PDF file and create your own posters in both portrait and landscape orientation. Feel free to stage your own protest or distribute these posters around campus.

Twitter ad for Impark GoFundMe boat campaign
Impark Twitter campaign for late capitalism and the corporate dismantling of our democracies.
Impark: your parking authoritarians

Exploitation for Hospitals and Universities

It is interesting how parking fees are being enforced for those who tend to have the least disposable income: the sick and the unemployed.

Impark: Corporate imperialism for urban life.
Impark: The hockey team left town? The stadium is empty? Well, we can still exploit the students and faculty.
Impark: Global warming and capitalist dystopia. We are part of the problem.
Impark: Manufacturing consent. One parking ticket at a time.
Impark: Undemocratic. Authoritarian. Capitalism.

Buy Me a Boat

Please tell me how allowing Impark to extort money from students and faculty is any different from David Thorne setting up a GoFundMe page for a boat.

The Precariat

Yours, sincerely, a graphic designer with a lot of time on his hands.

In sociology and economics, the precariat (/prɪˈkɛəriət/) is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare. The term is a portmanteau obtained by merging precarious with proletariat. Unlike the proletariat class of industrial workers in the 20th century who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labour to live, members of the precariat are only partially involved in labour and must undertake extensive “unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings”. Specifically, it is the condition of lack of job security, including intermittent employment or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence. The emergence of this class has been ascribed to the entrenchment of neoliberal capitalism.

The Resistance

As a member of the resistance, how should one use corporate media platforms that are actively undermining democracy? The Nazi resistance would disrupt the supply chain. Starve them of attention? Or use these tools to inform people of the corporate abuse of power?

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design.

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