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Old 04-18-2012, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Starglow View Post
Parking hassles are the main reason I avoid downtown Raleigh at all costs.
That's fine and perfectly up to you but I think (hope) you're in the minority these days. I hope the city never goes out of its way to accommodate folks like you downtown too because then that would mean spending more public money to build lifeless parking lots and decks downtown and spending still more money to operate and maintain them for free parking.

Compared to basically any other city I've ever been, parking in downtown Raleigh is still not that bad. I've noticed that the more interesting a place gets, the more expensive and difficult parking gets. There's a little something about the immutable laws of economics - supply and demand - that makes this hold true.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:09 PM
Location: ITB Raleigh, NC
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I agree. There are 18 parking decks in the downtown core: Get Around :: Parking Decks :: Downtown Raleigh

And now that they put the meters on the street parking, if I have a quick meeting or lunch downtown, I can usually find a street space pretty easily. Downtown workers use to squat at the pay spaces all day..so glad they added the meters.

Granted, its not like a strip mall where you can pull up right in front and only half to walk 5 feet, but I can usually find a space within a block. If not, I just pull into the nearest lot, as they are plentiful and well marked.
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