The Town implemented new parking meters
in Dedham Square last week and some residents are not happy with the changes
Starting on Oct. 1, computerized meters were placed on High Street for their 1 hour parking spots. Parking cost 25 cents for 30 minutes, 50 cents for 45 minutes and 75 cents for a whole hour. Parking under an hour can only be paid with coins, while an hour parking can be paid with a debit or credit card.
New meters were also placed in the large municipal lot in between Route 1 and High Street, where 1 hour parking cost 50 cents.
Until the end of the year, one Dedham business has offered to help people adjust to the changes. As a thank you to the town, the Blue Bunny will pay for anyone’s Dedham Square parking until the end of the year. Customers just have to enter the store with their parking receipt, and the shop will not only pay for it, but they will also double it.
Despite the Blue Bunny’s efforts the changes have upset some Patch readers.
On Patch, the following was posted about the new parking meters:
Holly Dixon: The parking meters in Dedham have just about put a nail in the coffin of all the small businesses. Good job whoever thought this up. Now everyone will go to the Dedham Plaza or Legacy Place to shop or eat because its FREE....... How stupid can you be to put all this work into making the square beautiful then you sabotage the whole thing. Take the meters out NOW while you still can save the square. They are stupid make no sense and you cant tell where to park anyway. Congrats to the dummy who came up with stupid idea.
John H: Dumbest idea ever! It’s not even the price that's the problem. It’s the town trying to squeeze every penny out of people in any way they can.
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