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Free Parking, No Joke


Various downtown lots will be foregoing their usual ticket-Nazi ways for a one-day celebration that is free, free, free. While Saturday parking is always free in the metered parking spaces littered around the streets downtown, shoppers and diners are still forced to fork it over if they stow their wheels in downtown lots. But during Free Parking Day, businesses such as the Capital City Development Corporation, Republic Parking, The Car Park and Diamond Parking Services will look the other way ... until 5 p.m.

With Christmas looming larger in the rearview mirror, it's refreshing when the powers that be let the little things slide. That $2.50 per hour you save by not paying for your parking spot can go toward that tube of toothpaste your uncle has been dying to try or a pack of barrettes for your niece. Fancy.

Hop in that gas-guzzler and leave the quarters at home—this time, you're parking for free. P.S. If you happen to get a parking ticket for some crazy, inexplicable reason, don't call us. Call Jesus. He paid your tickets last week, and maybe if you ask nicely, he'll do it again.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, downtown Boise, 208-472-5200,

*Editor's Note: An error has been corrected on this page.