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Safety on Main Street: OTR business owners concerned about parking restrictions


{p}Heading into the second weekend after a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine, the city is easing up on some of the changes on Main Street. Starting Friday, you can't park on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The previous parking restriction was from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (WKRC){/p}

Heading into the second weekend after a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine, the city is easing up on some of the changes on Main Street. Starting Friday, you can't park on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The previous parking restriction was from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. (WKRC)

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Heading into the second weekend after a mass shooting in Over-the-Rhine, the city is easing up on some of the changes on Main Street.

Starting Friday, you can't park on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The previous parking restriction was from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

While this gives people a big chunk of time back, some businesses tell Local 12 it’s still going to affect them, mainly the ones that are open late because traffic is also blocked off from Central Parkway to Liberty Street.

Others, like Jymi Bolden, understand that it’s going to take time to find the best answer. Bolden has seen Main Street’s transformation through the years firsthand. His gallery, Art Beyond Boundaries, on the 1400 block has been there nearly 16 years. The mass shooting happened just a few feet from his business.

Bolden says the violence has had a big impact on what people think about the area.

“There’s an apprehension,” he said. “It's just daunting for people to continue to make Art Beyond Boundaries the destination that it’s been here in OTR over the last 15 years.”

The gallery is a venue for artists with disabilities. It closes before the nightlife picks up, but Bolden has two major evening events coming up in September. One of them is at the Woodward Theatre next door, and he’s concerned about accessibility, especially for people with physical challenges.

"Hopefully we can come to some middle ground on how we can facilitate that."

He says, so far, CPD has been understanding, and the updated parking timeframe could be helpful for his events, but he understands other businesses aren’t so fortunate.

“It's going to have a major impact to bars and restaurants for sure, and that’s a major draw to Main Street."

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Workers at some of the restaurants who rely on delivery services like UberEats tell Local 12 that drivers haven't been able to park where they're picking up and employees have now had to park as far as the casino when they work late.

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