I live on Milwaukee's fashionable lower east side (ironically NORTH of downtown. the lake is east!).
Its an older part of town - my house dates to 1885. The streets are narrow, bars are plentifull, and street parking is at a premium. My house has NO off street parking. The local streets have a 2 hour time limit, 9am - 9pm. In winter, if expected snow fall is 4" in one storm event, parking is prohibited and they tow all cars to the impound in order to clear the streets.
On some occassions, that kind of snow fall comes unexpectedly with lake effect, or someone didn't see the news, and folks wake up to find their car *gone*.
Today, the city rolled out a new program, where you can sign up to get text messaging to warn you of pending snow emergencies. I see a great benefit in this. It is cheap for the city to notify residents, which they never used to do.
On the other hand, if you sign up and later don't see it, and get towed, they have an "I told you so" in traffic court.
I rent a garage a block from my house, so this doesn't affect me, but I thought it was a brilliant thing the city is doing.
Do you have any examples of your city / town / the town next door doing something witty?