Longer meter times pitched to aid St....

Longer meter times pitched to aid St. Paul parking woes

There are 36 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 27, 2010, titled Longer meter times pitched to aid St. Paul parking woes. 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 today.

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Peter

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 27, 2010
St. Paul needs to adress a lot more than just the parking issue.
MN42x

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 27, 2010
Is this an actual issue? I've never paid for a meter in downtown St. Paul, they're enforced for about half the time Minneapolis meters are. Try parking in Minneapolis if you want problems!
Kathy

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 27, 2010
When times were good in St Paul they lowered the time you could park at a meter and they raised what you paid per 15 minute increments. Now that times are bad they want to lower the price. If they would have just left the price alone more people would have developed the habit of going Downtown. Why would you want to be inconvenienced Downtown when most of the same stores are located in the Burbs with free parking and no time limit.
GJB

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 27, 2010
One thing I miss after moving here from ND was that parking meters are banned on public streets in ND. You could use them in parking lots, but not on the streets.
Cindy Stainker

United States

#5 Apr 27, 2010
it's about time.
Zeked

Cottage Grove, MN

#6 Apr 27, 2010
Why charge for parking at all? I do not go to downtown St Paul because the parking just bad and you have to pay to park. If the City of St Paul wants me to come to St Paul and spend my money then they should not charge at all. Why come to St Paul, pay to park when you can park in the suburbs for free. What is the incentive for me to come to St Paul? there are no stores there I can find someplace else. Govt just dont seem to get it - when the cost of govt is too high consumers vote with their feet and go someplace else. I bet St Paul spends millions on new parking meters and it will take 30 years to recoup the investment and start making money on them. Stupid St Paul.
Chachi

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 27, 2010
Really, adding even a small amount of time will help. There are a host of 9 minute meters downtown. What am I supposed to do for 9 minutes, wish I was in Minneapolis?
Dane

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 27, 2010
Yes parking can be a problem in downtown STP but it's not the reason for nobody shopping down there.
George

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 27, 2010
I'll bet that if Saint Paul went after David Fhima for all of his city-subsidized (and failed) restaurants as well as requiring him to pay missed wages to former staff *and* repay all of his former suppliers the monies recovered will be more than the City collects from all of the downtown meters.
Details

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Apr 27, 2010
A little known detail about the St. Paul parking enforcement is that in order to be a parking officer, you must be training to be a cop ( http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx... ). No wonder why everyone gets tickets at 8:01am and you cant even get a smile out of them! Plus, St. Paul has authorized an excessive amount of construction, which also takes away valuable parking options. This construction is slated to continue for the foreseeable future. If Mayor Coleman and the City Council want people to not only visit, but live downtown, they need to require more parking for new buildings, and make the parking more understandable. I have lived downtown for the last 10 years, but I plan to move largely because the parking situation makes it impossible for my guests to visit and find a reasonable parking spot.
MMK Medina

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Apr 27, 2010
I agree with most of the posts here. Wht do I NOT go downtown??? Too far, too much hassle, Pay for parking, and the slim but ever present chance of crime.
mag -earl RSVP

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Apr 27, 2010
> "overly-aggressive parking enforcement" <
LOL, I've been getting screwed by the SPPD parking enforcement jerk offs for years; every time you turn around they have their hand out asking for more $$$$$$$$..
FrankL

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Apr 27, 2010
Simplify the signs. I got a ticket by Lawson Commons, and even the parking agent had to study the plethora of signs to tell me which one took precedence over the other. Everyone on the block got a ticket, so I am not the only one confused. The doorman at the one building said it is the same every day, the signs are confusing, people park at the meters and the parking cop comes at the same time to write a bunch of tickets. Thye got their fine, but I now rarely go downtown for dinner, much less any shopping.
EqualRights

AOL

#14 Apr 27, 2010
Why not lower the rates in the downtown parking ramps? The prices are ridiculous.
Julie

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Apr 27, 2010
This is not a good idea. The city needs the revenue from the tickets that enforcement officers write.
annette

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Apr 27, 2010
Hmmm..I haven't been downtown in a while. I should go down and shop at Dayton's, Donaldson's, W.C. Grant, and Woolworth's...
Stayin Alive

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Apr 27, 2010
annette wrote:
Hmmm..I haven't been downtown in a while. I should go down and shop at Dayton's, Donaldson's, W.C. Grant, and Woolworth's...
Burt's, Berland's, Three Sisters, Field Schlick, Powers, Frank Murphy, Neissner's, Emporium, take in a movie at Orpheum, Riveria, Norstar, Strand, forget the Lyceum.
Saint Paulite

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Apr 27, 2010
Parking meters were introduced into downtowns to keep people working downtown from hogging all the parking spaces keeping customers away. How else could shopowners provide their customers with a place to park without meters? Take the meters away and the only cars you see parked are employees of the businesses on the downtown streets who don't want to pay parking garages. I'd probably do the same thing. A nickel earned....
Just Plain Bill

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 27, 2010
I walk downtown from my summit house on Summit Avenue. Or shop on Summit.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Apr 27, 2010
A quarter for 10 minutes in a meter is ridiculous. But still cheaper than most ramps. As far as I know many of the meters do take a parking debit card you can buy at only 3!! places.
1. City Hall
2. Rivercentre
3. Public Works Bldg at 899 Dale

They need to allow all meters to take debit/credit cards. Also less aggressive ticketing would go a long way. It wouldn't hurt to open up some of the city contracted ramps to public parking as well.

Otherwise just about all street parking downtown is free after 430pm and Sundays all day. That's pretty reasonable to me. You can't have office workers taking up all the street spaces during the weekdays.

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