By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is getting rid of free meter parking for holiday shoppers. The city says the strategy is counter-productive.

In a statement to CBS3, city leaders said “free parking on Saturdays in December encouraged all-day on-street parking while discouraging the turnover that is needed for customers to find a spot and start shopping.”

The city says it will still work with businesses to ensure shopping is accessible.