The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Parking Meters Were Common In Brevard


November 21, 2016

Parking meters, such as this one located on West Main Street near the intersection of Probart Street, were once commonplace in downtown Brevard. The parking meters were removed in 1973. (Photo courtesy of the Transylvania County Library)

"Parking Meters Here Will Go Into Operation Friday Morning." In search of much needed revenue for street repairs, expansion of the city sewer and water system, and alleviation of parking problems, city officials passed a special ordinance to install parking meters in the downtown area. While downtown parking issues are a familiar topic today this was actually The Transyl-vania Times headline on May 15, 1947.

At $65 each, it cost more than $15,000 to install the 231 meters covering two blocks of Broad Street and three-and-half blocks on Main Street. The meter company received a percentag...

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