Getting There: City parking fund faces nearly $10 million in costs as it prepares to roll out new downtown rates, system

If you feel any special fondness for plugging a parking meter, now’s the time to head downtown and plink a coin in the good old-fashioned metal heads that have long lined the streets.

By this summer, those could be technological relics as the city of Spokane’s Parking Services department replaces its outmoded meters with a high-tech system of meters and kiosks with per-hour charges that officials can adjust depending on demand (and with City Council approval).

While the new meters are set to still accept cash, the existing slot boxes will be phased out and replaced with digitally enabled devices that each apply to two spaces. The new technology

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