In recent months parking in downtown Roanoke has been called “a pain” and “a free pain.” At least in the market area it may not remain free much longer. The city is considering a parking meter pilot project.
But even without meters, the notion of free on-street parking is a bit of a misnomer. If you’ve ever paid a ticket for overtime parking you realize what a pain the wallet it can be. Consider my recent experience.
On May 30 just before 10 a.m., I parked my 18-year-old sedan in front of the newspaper building for a short-notice, all-hands meeting. The curbside spot was in a 30-minute zone.
The important meeting turned into a series of important meetings that day and I forgot that I’d parked on the street until I was leaving that evening.
“Oh, shoot!” I thought as I headed out the door. “I bet I got a parking ticket.”
I was half right. Underneath the driver’s side windshield wiper were two tickets. The first was for $20. The second was for $30.
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