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Changes to downtown parking start next week

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Over the past several years downtown Phoenix has seen a major boom.

ASU built a campus, Cityscape opened, and dozens of new restaurants opened along the light rail line.

But spending time in downtown is about to get more expensive. Changes to parking meter prices and hours are about to go into effect.

Parking prices are going up. It's about to cost you more to park starting next week.

Hours you have to pay to park are extended to seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., even on holidays. And how much you pay will vary depending on what area or "zone" you are in.

"For our neighborhood, we haven't been told what exactly is going to happen for our zone, as far as pricing and how that's going to effect us," said Carly Logan.

Carly Logan has owned Carly's Bistro at 2nd St. & Roosevelt for the past nine years. Like other business owners in the area, she's not sure what to expect. When the extended hours and increased rates go into effect.

"I'm hoping that the rates are reasonable and that the time limitations are conducive to the needs of businesses in the community," said Logan.

The changes will be followed by "demand-based" pricing which could raise or lower the cost you pay per hour depending on what's going on nearby.

The city said it would bring in an extra one to two million dollars per year, and it will increase turnover during peak demand times.

Carly says it's all part of the growing pains in downtown Phoenix.

"We're really excited about the growth, and the growth of ASU and downtown. With that growth there's a need for more parking," she said.
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