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X Marks the (Free) Spot

With cost of metered and lot parking on the rise and new construction reducing the number of already limited options, finding a free space in downtown Boise is like hitting the jackpot

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Dig deep into the Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget for the City of Boise and you'll find city officials are counting on motorists to pay a lot more for the privilege of parking downtown—budget writers are projecting parking revenues to increase by 16 percent in the coming year. Much of the increase is rooted in "right-pricing" meters, which means the closer to the downtown core you are, the more it costs to park.

However, we know one of the best kept secrets in Boise: There are hundreds of downtown parking spaces with no hourly or residential restrictions whatsoever. From Franklin Street to the north, Bannock Street to the south, 2nd Street to the east and 13th Street to the west, we found 264 free parking spots. It may not sound like much, but if your own FY budget includes setting aside funds for parking—or tickets and fines—imagine what you could do with the savings.

Bannock Street

3rd Street to 4th Street: 4 spaces

Jefferson Street

3rd Street to 4th Street: 13 spaces

12th Street to 13th Street: 21 spaces

State Street

3rd Street to 4th Street: 18 spaces

8th Street to 9th Street: 8 spaces

Washington Street

3rd Street to 4th Street: 18 spaces

5th Street to 6th Street: 9 spaces

6th Street to 7th Street: 22 spaces

Franklin Street

5th Street to 6th Street: 12 spaces

6th Street to 7th Street: 26 spaces

2nd Street

Bannock Street to Jefferson Street: 2 spaces

3rd Street

Bannock Street to Jefferson Street: 12 spaces

Jefferson Street to State Street: 15 spaces

State Street to Washington Street: 20 spaces

4th Street

Bannock Street to Jefferson Street: 10 spaces

Jefferson Street to State Street: 17 spaces

State Street to Washington Street: 14 spaces

12th Street

Bannock Street to Jefferson Street: 3 spaces

Jefferson Street to State Street: 7 spaces

State Street to Washington Street: 4 spaces

13th Street

Bannock Street to Jefferson Street: 9 spaces

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