DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) --Hundreds of once free parking spots downtown will now cost you.
The spaces have been converted to metered spots.
Monday morning, the city began charging $1.50 per hour at about 1,000 parking spaces. Durham workers installed new signs earlier this month.
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The city hopes the meters will inspire folks to get in and out, allowing more people to park and experience downtown.
"I understand the growth, so it's just a part of a growing downtown. It's actually a deal compared to other downtowns, but I'm going to miss my free parking," offered Durham resident Yolanda Brown.
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