I love living in Royal Oak. The great cafes and bars, restaurants and shops, and the fact that I can get my haircut at 11:00 pm on a Thursday all make this my kind of town.
No town is perfect, of course. Anyone who has lived in, shopped in, or visited someone in Royal Oak knows that it has one of the most aggressive parking enforcement operations in the state. If the meter runs over just five minutes, there’s a good chance one of those guys who looks like he’s walking around with a desk calculator will slap a bright, orange ticket on your car. And, since the meters are monitored from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, it can make a visit downtown a bit unpleasant, especially if you can’t find some loose change that’s fallen under your seat.
In Ferndale, however, parking is free Friday through Saturday, November 28 to December 28. Sure, they’ll still ticket you on a Thursday, and it’s just for a month, but it seems like a great idea to get some shoppers downtown who will stick around (and hopefully spend some money!). The free parking program is sponsored by local businesses.
“Shopping local has never been easier or more important,” Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, said in a statement. “Providing free parking encourages customers to shop longer, take their time dining and enjoy a leisurely exploration of all that our businesses have to offer.” –via hometownlife.com
So, how about it Royal Oak? Any chance the City and local businesses (through the DDA) will step up and match this resident/visitor-friendly policy?
For more on downtown Royal Oak parking, click here. Note that parking is free in downtown Royal Oak on Sundays and civic holidays. Also, most parking structures offer two hours of free parking on weekdays during business hours.
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