Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, wrench in hand, tightened the finishing bolt on a new parking meter in downtown today. Unlike most meters this one doesn’t have a parking space or require payment.
The refurbished meter is for donations to the homeless and is an effort to reduce panhandling. The Mayor hopes this will mirror the similar donation program in Denver, CO that raises almost $100,000 annually.
The first meter in Nashville is in front of the Bridgestone arena and plans call for more in high traffic downtown areas. There are 26 companies who have signed on to sponsor a meter for $1000 a year. The first five will be installed at Nashville Convention Center, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Courthouse and City Hall, and the Hard Rock Café.