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Free parking returns to Providence for holiday shopping

November 24, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is again extending the holiday tradition of free street parking in several city neighborhoods as a way to encourage shoppers to buy local.

The Democratic mayor announced the city will offer up to two hours of free parking from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in designated commercial districts, starting Friday and going through Jan. 1.

Free parking will be offered in commercial districts including downtown, around Atwells Avenue, Broad Street, Olneyville Square, Wayland Square and on Hope, Thayer and Wickenden Streets.

It’s part of the mayor’s fifth annual #ThinkPVD campaign to encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of shops and restaurants in Providence during the holidays.

Elorza says he hopes people will support the entrepreneurs, restaurants and small businesses that contribute to the city’s economy.