Friday, August 28, 2009

Where the heck am I gonna park???

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There are lots of parking options downtown! Here are several that I recommend when you come down on First Friday. Please don't expect to park right in front of the market. The idea here is that all of downtown is your playground, so come prepared to walk around. Many of the participating galleries are within a four block walk and there's no better place to stroll than South Elm Street on a warm September evening. With this in mind you will have no problems finding safe parking.
Here are some of your choices:
1-The Greene Street Parking deck-This is 'the sure thing'. Located on the corner of Greene Street and Washington it is a very convenient place to stow the car. It is about 3 blocks from the market, but you will walk right past many of the open Galleries on the way! Stop and get a coffee at the Green Bean!
2 The Elm/Greene Street Surface lot-This is the surface parking lot across the street from the Green Bean at 330 South Elm. This lot stays packed on Friday nights! You can try your luck but it will be tough. Come early to get a parking spot here, eat at McCoul's, Grey's Tavern or Natty Greene's and you'll get to keep your spot!
3-Street Parking- There is on street parking on Lewis, Elm, McGee, Arlington, Davie, Spring Garden, and MLK.
4- Kindley's Furniture is allowing parking in their lot on the corner of Arlington and MLK
5-If you're wanting to start your stroll at City Center Park (where poet Josephus III is holding open mic from 6-8) or the Cultural Art Center (where the Shape Shifters will be performing in the Atrium every half hour starting at 7) then you could use the Davie Street Parking Deck on the corner of Friendly and Davie Street right across from City Center Park and next to the Self Help Building. From here it is only a four block walk south to the market.
6-The Bus Depot Parking lot on the corner of Washington and Davie-The secret gem. This is the most convenient, under-utilized downtown lot. One block from Natty Greene's, 2 blocks from the Market. Surface lot so it's easy in, easy out. Walk to Lyndon Street Artworks only 2 blocks NE Not a lot of traffic.....ahhh! heaven!

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See tons of options!!! Don't let the parking grind you down!! It really isn't as bad as they say!

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