City workers were busy installing new parking meters on Davis Street in front of the Evanston Post Office this afternoon.

That brings to an end the free parking that some shoppers have enjoyed while the street was torn up for repairs over the past several months.

The new meter heads — slipped into battered old meter bodies — let parkers pay with credit cards as well as coins.

Presumably the crews will soon replace the old instruction labels — now partly obscured by the new payment selector buttons — with new ones that will be easier to read.

The project to replace all the aging meters around town is expected to cost about $1.1 million.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I’m so excited that they’re
    I’m so excited that they’re using an updated version of the tradition meters rather than the pay box. Most of my downtown Evanston street parking is to run into Panera or Chipotle and grab something quick to eat. In poor weather, it always feels like such a hassle to on Church to walk and forth between my car and the paybox when I’m only paying for 5-10 min of parking.

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