Looking for a downtown parking space? Maybe Moshow the Cat Rapper can help.
Portland's Bureau of Transportation and Moshow have produced a music video encouraging people to use the city's new parking app, Parking Kitty, to find open spaces around the city.
Since the new Parking Kitty app was launched a few months ago, city officials said about 6 percent of all parking transactions are being done through the app. Users can pay for their parking with debit and credit cards through the app, and they get "meow" alerts when their parking time is just about up.
Parking Kitty is used in all city parking districts. Portland State University will begin using the app for its parking garages by the end of the month.
'A purrfect match'
In the video, Moshow and his cat, Ravioli, take a ride around the city while PBOT parking enforcement officers and Transportation Director Leah Treat dance in the background. The video was filmed and directed by Matt Giraud of Gyroscope Pictures in Portland's RiverPlace district.
"Moshow is quintessentially Portland and his love for cats was a perfect match for our new app," Treat said. "We are thrilled with this partnership and hope it inspires more Portlanders to take advantage of the receipt-free parking offered by Parking Kitty."
Parking Kitty can be downloaded for free from the iOS App Store and Google Play. Users can manage their parking online at www.parkingkitty.com.