First, let's cover the basics. You do have to pay almost everywhere you park downtown, whether it's on the street, in a ramp, or in a lot. Almost all street parking is parallel parking, there are a few angled spots along Adams. And almost every street is one way, so if you don't know where you are going it's best to have a map or a GPS!
Street parking. There are three different kinds of meters downtown.... yep, three! They are color coded and each have a different time limit. Red, is 30 minutes. Yellow, is 1 hour. Blue, is 2 hours. And you might find all three on the same street! Most the meters close to The Blue Door are 1 hour. If you walk through the alley to 7th street, most are 2 hours. It cost .25/half hour. NOTE: parking on the street is free after 5p.m. and on the weekends.
Location Hours Price
7th & Capitol - City Library 9am-9pm $1.00 Hr./$6.50 Day
525 W. Jefferson* 7am-3pm $.50 Hr./$3.00 Day
6th & Capitol - Ramp 7am-7pm $.75 Hr./$5.25 Day
4th & Washington - Myers Bldg 7am-5pm $.75 Hr./$4.50 Day
9th & Adams - 7am-5pm $1 Hr./$10.00 Day
7th & Washington - PCCC Ramp 24 hrs/day $.75 Hr./$7.00 Day
7th & Monroe - Hilton Ramp 24 hrs/day $.50 Hr.
Old State Capitol* 7am-7pm $1.5 Hr./$9.75 Day
2nd & Washington 7am-5pm $5/Day
I hope this has helped you out a little. It's really not as bad as we all think it is.