Boosters say downtown St. Paul parkin...

Boosters say downtown St. Paul parking is a hassle

There are 27 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 27, 2010, titled Boosters say downtown St. Paul parking is a hassle. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Street parking in downtown St. Paul is difficult and restrictive for shoppers and other visitors, and civic boosters are proposing ways to fix it as part of the new "Create a Spot for Business" campaign launched Tuesday.

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observer

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Apr 28, 2010
very aggressive parking enforcement. Job well done. not the troops fault. bad policy. I saw parking tickets issued at meters on a saturday in an empty downtown, also on a rainy, wet miserable parade day.[away from the route, not needed for safety etc.]
Eastsider

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2010
They should go back to painting the curbs yellow in no-parking areas. All the signs that they have now are confusing to those who don't frequent the area often.
Captain Planet

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 28, 2010
for all the talk of how "green" St.Paul is, where'e all the motorcycle parking?
you would think that businesses and the city would provide free or reduced cost parking...
Driving is a hassle

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 28, 2010
One of the reasons for having one way streets is so you can time the stop lights in a way to efficiently move traffic (i.e. if you drive the speed limit, you should be able to drive many blocks without being stopped by a red light). Downtown Saint Paul has one way streets, but forgot to time the lights - drive a block and hit a red light - light turns green and the next light turns red. Pure madness.
Shopper Jane

Carol Stream, IL

#5 Apr 28, 2010
Parking at the Mall of America is free.

Ba Bye.
Go Green

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Apr 28, 2010
Why not sell parking time online and have the person post it on the dash board. Then no need to update existing meters or install kiosks. Pay more for times greater than one hour or 90 minutes. Would be less hassle for the driver and City could see $ in advance.
Is it that difficult

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Apr 28, 2010
1st of all maybe i missed the mall of america thing but whatever.
Downtown st paul is not difficult and ramps are cheap- in comparison to other cities.
People are just scared to get out of their comfort zone of strip malls and Apple Bees "this isn't how Woodbury is".
If you don't understand one ways or haven't learned to read a clock and compute that your meter is expired then do the residents of downtown a favor and stay in the burbs.
Chuck

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 28, 2010
Why would anyone go to downtown St Paul with all the street people and thugs hanging out?

That place is dangerous.
Andy

Buffalo, MN

#9 Apr 28, 2010
Chuck wrote:
Why would anyone go to downtown St Paul with all the street people and thugs hanging out?
That place is dangerous.
You're outta your mind.
Geta Clue

Cottage Grove, MN

#10 Apr 28, 2010
There must be a convention for the handicapped in town every week M-F.
Every 4 hours they have somebody move their cars for them because the people that move them dont have crutches or wheelchairs.
And their meters are always expired!!!!
Is it that difficult

Carol Stream, IL

#11 Apr 28, 2010
I agree Andy, and it just verifies my prior comment.
Chuck, what part of St Paul do you live in where downtown looks like boyz in the hood? It must be scary on a Saturday afternoon to see 5 or 6 different wedding groups walking around taking photos and having a great time in the parks.......the horror
anywho

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Apr 28, 2010
Shopper Jane wrote:
Parking at the Mall of America is free.
Ba Bye.
The MOA is for tourists that like to be overcharged for crappy clothes.
anywho

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Apr 28, 2010
I believe if you make it easier for people to come downtown, the new businesses will follow. Mears Park now has 3 bar/resturants and they are going strong in this recession. I would love to shop in downtown Saint Paul (like back in the 80s before the big crappy MOA was built.)
Andy

Buffalo, MN

#14 Apr 28, 2010
Is it that difficult wrote:
I agree Andy, and it just verifies my prior comment.
Chuck, what part of St Paul do you live in where downtown looks like boyz in the hood? It must be scary on a Saturday afternoon to see 5 or 6 different wedding groups walking around taking photos and having a great time in the parks.......the horror
St. Paul is beautiful. West 7th/chestnut is a fun area. The real Irish pubs are great hangouts. MPR is great, whatever your political leanings. The Energy Center, the Science Museum and you can't go wrong with a city that has a haberdashery! What more do you want Chuck?
parking

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Apr 28, 2010
Our company pays our clients parking, and they never complain about parking. So if you have a business in downtown, pay your clients parking and you won't have a problem with them coming to see your place. We have done that in two different buildings in downtown. Our pay partial parking. There is a lot more people asking for money than in the past, and more homeless people hanging out, but have not noticed more crimes.
andy678

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#16 Apr 28, 2010
MAcy offer free parking and the many employers why the whinning? However the MetroTransit have too many buses laying over downtown instead of running thru.The Parking is free after 4pm and Sunday.It is a perception .MOA parking is not free it cost the MOA $$$ to provide parking
westsider

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Apr 28, 2010
I wish St Paul still had the Haberdashery! Those were good times...nothing finer than peanut shells on the floor.
downtowner

Mason, WI

#18 Apr 28, 2010
We had a family gathering on a Saturday afternoon - what a mess - I had to get $20.00 worth of quarters and run around 10th and Minnesota plugging meters for guests - 10 minutes for one quarter with a two hour limit. Quarters are the only medium of exchange for the meters. Two hours = 12 quarters. Hard to keep your pants up lugging around all those quarters. As I walk around town and see signs posted "we don't give change." Terrific! People don't mind paying for meters but where do they get the dam quarters???
SpaceCowboy

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 28, 2010
andy678 wrote:
MAcy offer free parking and the many employers why the whinning? However the MetroTransit have too many buses laying over downtown instead of running thru.The Parking is free after 4pm and Sunday.It is a perception .MOA parking is not free it cost the MOA $$$ to provide parking
Meters are actually metered until 4:30 m-f, unless otherwise signed.
It really comes down to this. If you ever got a snow plow ticket/tow. You should probably not come to Downtown St Paul because that means you cannot read the signs anyway.
In response to someone else regarding handicapped parkers. It's really none of your business what their handicap is. And They do not need to plug the meters, they have 4 hours free parking. It is the parking enforcement job to check that those vehicles are complying with the rules.
Just a reminder too. Alary's offers validated parking in the ramp next to them for all Wild games and many other events along with free shuttles. I think all you have to do is get your ticket stamped.
It is much easier to park in St Paul than Minneapolis and cheaper.
SpaceCowboy

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Apr 28, 2010
I did forget that Saturday is metered 8-4:30 also.

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