Free parking in West Dearborn Downtown!
Most of the paid parking spots in our district have been removed and are now free parking spaces. There will be meters along Mason, Howard, and West Village Drive to encourage turnover because they are among the most convenient parking spaces to nearby businesses.
Parking restrictions will still be enforced at the meters on the three streets, and drivers are advised to pay a meter if they park at a meter, or face a fine. Meters will remain along Howard, from West Village Drive to Garrison; Mason, from West Village Drive to Michigan Avenue; and West Village Drive, along Mason to Howard.
The City of Dearborn has transitioned away from a user-paid parking system in the west downtown business district to promote greater interest from real estate developers and to boost customer activity.
The de-commissioning of the user-paid parking system addresses the perception that paid parking is an obstacle to redevelopment.
It also addresses a popular sentiment that paying for parking in public lots, decks and on-street spaces discourages customers who would otherwise patronize west Dearborn businesses.
Here is a map of the new parking system.