Free Parking in Carytown, Richmond
In January 1991, the Crenshaw Avenue Parking Deck in Carytown opened. The following April the Colonial Avenue Parking Deck opened a few blocks away. The structures are virtually identical. Each can fit more than 100 cars. Parking is free of charge for up to 3 hours. It was smart to have free parking in Carytown at that time. Thalhimer's downtown had just closed and Miller & Rhoads was fixing to. Carytown was in a position to partially compensate for downtown's decline and parking challenges could have been problematic. Free parking helped spark growth in this village within the city.