It’s a cool Saturday night, and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.
Rolle looks a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow, with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It’s not actually a parking meter at all.
It’s one of Miami Dade County’s Romero Britto-designed meters, which provide a way for people to donate money to help the homeless without having to give to panhandlers — basically, a donation box. So far the project has raised $34,000 for the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, which sounds great until you realize at least some of that money comes from people like Rolle.
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