Oct 17, 2012 8:55 PM by Bill Folsom

Parking meter time precious for downtown business

The City of Colorado Springs just increased time limits on more than one hundred parking meters to two hours. It brings the number of meters in the downtown with that time to 95%.

The goal of keeping downtown as an inviting heart of the city continues and for many downtown businesses parking is an important part of the equation. They don't want customers and clients to feel pressured by parking meters. Shops like Terra Verde are set up for people who browse. "It's definitely a take your time sort of a shop. It's tough for them when they feel rushed," said Terra Verde Sales Associate, Erin Sweeney.

Parking meters won't go away, but steps are happening to prevent them from being a downtown deterrent. "I think that's the key to successful downtown businesses is being able to spend some time here," said downtown regular, Andy Gipe. Mayor Steve Bach recently said he would also like to see meters that can read credit cards so people don't have to hunt for change. Parking Enterprise mangers are looking into how much it would cost.



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