Yes, you are going to have to pay to park in the Cincinnati Entertainment District. I don't think it's any big surprise that El Paso City Council approved the creation of a Parking Benefit District that will be known as the Uptown Parking Benefit District. The revenue collected from 120 parking meters will be used to finance improvements within the area's boundaries such as increased security, street maintenance, landscaping, parking facilities and street lights.

If you can manage to get your drink or grub on in 15 minutes, you won't have to pay anything because the first 15 minutes will be free at parking meters along Cincinnati. After that, each 30 minutes will be a quarter. You'll have to feed the meters from 8 a.m. until midnight.

The Cincinnati Entertainment District is known for it's bar scene, but the City wants to bring in more families to the area, as well. I know it's going to be a drag to have to pay for parking, but the money is staying in the area. I think doing these kinds of projects and paying for them with a fee that people who use the area have to pay rather than a tax that all of us have to pay is the better plan for maintaining different areas of the city.

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