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Providence offering free holiday parking in commercial districts to encourage local shopping


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Providence is offering free parking in some commercial districts to encourage shoppers to buy locally during the holiday season.

Mayor Jorge Elorza says shoppers will receive two hours of free parking in the designated districts, from Saturday through Jan. 1.

The free parking is available in areas of downtown and Federal Hill; along Atwells Avenue; along Broad, Hope, Point, Wickenden and Thayer streets; on parts of North and South Main streets; in Olneyville Square; and in Wayland Square.

Motorists may park at a meter for two hours for free. Elorza says the two-hour limit will be strictly enforced.

Elorza, local businesses owners and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce kick offed the #ThinkPVD campaign this week to encourage residents and visitors to "think, shop and buy locally" this holiday season.

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