Does the City of Billings Write the Most Polite Parking Tickets?

It finally happened. After around three years of parking on the streets in downtown Billings, I finally got a parking ticket. I can’t even remember the last time I got one. Maybe ten years ago? I’ve been tempting fate for too long, and I finally got caught.

Nicole Riley TSMEverybody loves to complain about downtown parking.

A common complaint about downtown is the lack of parking. I usually correct people with a cynical comment like, “you mean there’s no parking immediately in front of the place you’re trying to go?”. Because there generally is a lot of parking downtown, when you include the six parking garages. They’re free after 6 pm and on the weekends. Plus, there are eight Diamond Parking lots scattered around the Billings downtown area and many businesses have their own smallish parking lots.

Photo by Michael Foth, Townsquare MediaTwo-hour limits and metered parking.

I lost my company-provided parking garage card over a year ago, so I normally park in our parking lot at the DoubleTree hotel. During the first six months of the pandemic, parking was an absolute breeze because the hotel was empty. No conventions or conferences and very few business travelers meant finding a spot in our tiny lot

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