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Decatur delays plan to end free parking after 6 p.m. following backlash | Decaturish

In response to a reader question, Menne explained why the city wants to end free parking after 6 p.m.

“In those areas where the demand is high, many of those spaces are taken up by restaurant staff, business owners and those attending receptions at the old courthouse in the evenings which means they aren’t available for customers and clients who need or want a convenient short-term parking alternative,” Menne ssaid. “We are proposing a flat rate for three hours in those areas from 6 – 9 p.m. in response to customers who asked for a longer parking limit option in the evenings to allow them to enjoy a meal and have time to shop.

“We are proposing to move to a zoned parking solution to provide lower-priced metered parking around the city that might require a two or three block walk to the square and other downtown shopping and dining districts. Other areas where the demand is lower may remain free after 6 p.m. giving a free parking option. These changes would all be part of a comprehensive approach to managing on-street parking that includes pricing options, signage and information that makes it easier to find parking deck options and real-time notification of available parking spaces.”

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