Sacramento parking free between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Well, some Sacramento street parking will be free – but it’s still not a bad deal.  Starting the day after Thanksgiving, metered spots between I and L and from Front Street to 29th Street will be free after 4:30pm and all day Saturday and Sunday (but still pay attention to time limits and curb colors, etc).  Even some garages will be free.  Not a bad bonus for keeping your spending money local this holiday season.

Here’s a map of the free parking areas.

By the way, don’t read the comments on the article as your eyes will bleed out of your head.  Do only unhappy people comment on Bee pieces?  Best comment might be that this free parking does nothing to help people who work downtown during normal business hours. Duh. It’s not supposed to. Those people will be down there anyway. I think it’s  a great idea and pretty easy to understand.  I’d love to think people will swarm the Grid to shop and eat now that parking is free (swarm on non-Second Saturdays, that is).  Whatever might help, go for it.

3 Comments so far

  1. pazzer1 on November 19th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    Is “curb colors” like “kerb colours” for us?

  2. wburg (unregistered) on November 19th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

    So, in other words, they are making it free one and one-half hours earlier (4:30 instead of 6:00 PM) and free on Saturday–and by “free” they mean that the city is paying for it (in that they lose out on parking revenue but still have to pay for the upkeep of the street.) The garages are a nice bonus.

  3. cd (cndn) on November 19th, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    Yes on kerbs.

    And yes on a bonus 90 minutes of free time (which I appreciate since I hate coming up short-on-change when it’s 5:24pm and I am trying to join friends for dinner or happy hour, etc). And yes, they are trading parking revenue for a potential increase in sales tax revenue. I suppose the numbers are potentially there to support it or they wouldn’t be doing it.

    True it’s a limited change, but I’m all for the city promoting the Grid and trying to get people to come hang out some more. I don’t believe it will result in parking mayhem with 100s of 1000s flocking in from surrounding areas just because we have some free parking. It won’t be 2d Saturday everyday . . .

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