AKRON, Ohio - A major city in northeast Ohio is about to begin a free parking offer in hopes of boosting downtown business.
Starting Tuesday, the first hour will be free for people using Akron's city-owned parking garages.
Mayor Don Plusquellic says in a statement that the program will encourage visitors to spend more time downtown and will support the growth of retail business there.
Officials in Akron's larger neighbor, Cleveland, say they're not able to give the same deal. A spokeswoman for Mayor Frank Jackson said that the city needs all the revenue from its parking garages to pay off bonds used to build those facilities.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Latest News Headlines
Neighborhood food pantries throughout the Cleveland area are already seeing the impact of the November 1 food stamp cuts.
PIXIES frontman BLACK FRANCIS has teamed up with biographer JOSH FRANK to create a new graphic novel, titled THE GOOD INN.