While taking a short walk in Charlotte, a last week, I noticed that most of the parking meters were covered with "no parking" signs. Seeing some barriers stacked up, on the sidewallks, I presumed that they were getting ready for some type fo event. What caught my eye was the no parking signs, covering the meters. If you look at the first shot, you can see that they are padlocked. I guess that we have fallen a long way, when these need to be padlocked.