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Center City Parking Lots Say They’re Not Gouging During Flower Show

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(Photo by John McDevitt)

(Photo by John McDevitt)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Parking near the Philadelphia Flower Show may not be cheap, but according to parking facility operators there has been no radical hike in prices.

Parking rates vary in the  vicinity of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The highest I saw, at 12 and Arch Streets (above),  was $28  for “2 to 12 hours” — the amount of time you’d spend at the flower show.  About a block further away, the price was $25.00 for “1-24 hours.”

There is a law in Philadelphia that parking garages need to post rates in the beginning of each month and keep those prices for the entire month.

Robert Zuritsky, president of the Parkway Corporation, says it has been a real struggle in the city’s parking industry over the past three years.

“There has been a recession the last three years in Philadelphia as well as the rest of the country, and rates have held steady — or gone down in a lot of cases,” he says.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has an online parking facility locator at which you can compare estimated parking costs.  Go to philapark.org for more information.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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