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Downtown residents: Change parking meter hours

The Downtown Residents Council wants to change parking meter hours that just went into effect in January. (FOX19 NOW) The Downtown Residents Council wants to change parking meter hours that just went into effect in January. (FOX19 NOW)
Gary Bryson (FOX19 NOW) Gary Bryson (FOX19 NOW)
Proposed parking changes (FOX19 NOW) Proposed parking changes (FOX19 NOW)
The Downtown Residents Council wants to change parking meters hours that just went into effect in January.

Motorists pay to park 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

The Downtown Residents Council is asking for the hours to return to the previous ones.

In a letter to Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black, they propose meter enforcement free parking again on Sundays and between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"Downtown not only is the commercial and economic center for the entire metropolitan area, but it has increasingly become a residential neighborhood," the letter reads. "That trend is accelerating at a rapid pace. We are concerned that these new parking meter policies will discourage that trend."

Gary Bryson, the group's president, said there needs to be some consideration for the residents and reasonable parking.

"We're simply asking for some fairness since there's not much parking demand after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays and Sundays," he said.

In response, city officials released a statement stressing they are continuing to receive and welcome feedback.

"The program began in January and will continue to be improved based on feedback from users of the system, residents, business owners and data and analytics," the statement reads. "An advantage of the new system is flexibility. Hours can be adjusted, and in some areas meters will decrease, and in others rates will increase, based upon meter usage and supply and demand. Additional enhancements to the program will include options to pay by phone, which is coming soon."

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