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Old 08-14-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: NC
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went to uptown last night for about 4 hours (first time going out "downtown" since i moved here) parked at a deck between 5th and 6th just before brevard. board noted that it was $5 event parking. i think this is great. i get my ticket and park. i notice on the ticket that there are no attendants at this lot, please pay at machine. that was weird to me, but fine... and put $5 aside with the ticket, in my purse. i go to pay and my bill is an outrageous $20.

did i miss something, and the $5 event parking means $5/hr? or did i get screwed.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Mauldin
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It all depends on what time your ticket says you entered the parking deck.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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In addition to the $5 "event" parking, the hourly rates should have been posted. Doesn't sound like there was an "event" being held, so why would you expect to only pay $5?
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: NC
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lanigan- would the time i entered be important b/c whatever "event" may have been over? otherwise, i'm not sure why this would be important.

hooligan- i have no idea whether or not an "event" was being held, or what technically constitutes an event. why would i think one wasn't being held if there was a placard? there were a number of parking lots/decks that i noted had "event" parking. i chose a deck near where i wanted to be. i don't know how it is in charlotte, but where i come from, event parking is noted only when there is an event. i did look at the charlotte parking website, and the deck i chose is listed as $5 max on weekends. does friday night not constitute a weekend?

rather than degrading me, perhaps you could offer a suggestion as to where to park when going downtown.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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I would suggest parking at Seventh Street Station or the parking deck behind the Dunhill Hotel across the street from Discovery Place. Both offer $5 parking on weekdays after 5pm and the weekend.

Here's a link to a nice website that provides details on where to park Uptown.

Uptown Charlotte Parking Lots and Garages | AboutParking.com
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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I have paid $5 for parking after five on two different occasions and at two different locations.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: NC
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thank you for the suggestions!

do most garages have actual parking attendants?
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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LOL Degrading you? I simply asked what would lead you to believe that the "event" rate was in effect.

As to suggestions on where to park, I don't know. I typically just park near my destination, as you did, and take note of the hourly rate and max daily charge.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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thank you for the suggestions!

do most garages have actual parking attendants?
I have been to one with and one without. Not sure on the percentages
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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The parking lot behind Breakfast Club, across from the arena, is $5 a day. There are no attendaents. There's a little stand in the middle of the lot that takes debit and credit cards. You punch on your lot#, swipe your card, put the receipt on your dashboard, and you're done. Parking $ has fallen dramatically uptown in the past year.
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