Downtown Toledo Parking Gets Public Hearing

(Toledo, OH) Toledo's mayor wants to hear from the public tonight about a proposal to end free midday parking in downtown Toledo.  

A parking study recently done for the port authority indicates Toledo may be the only city in the country to offer three hours of free downtown parking, but charge the rest of the day. 

That parking study indicates space turnover is the goal during lunchtime for key businesses like restaurants-- but that won't happen if parking remains free. The no-cost parking hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. also means there's no parking enforcement and no revenue stream for parking meter violators. 

Those are all reasons the study suggests ending the practice. But Toledo's mayor first wants some input from voters. The public discussion starts a 5 p.m. at the downtown public library.

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