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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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suburban Resident

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Apr 27, 2010
Is there really a reason to go downtown anymore?
30 years ago

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Apr 27, 2010
the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, then headed by Amos Martin, had the same concern. Good luck, guys.
Shopper Jane

Dallas, TX

#24 Apr 27, 2010
Parking at the Mall of America is free.

Ba Bye.

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#25 Apr 27, 2010
I have a simple solution, though I admit that I really haven't put a lot of thought into it: free parking everywhere on weekends downtown St Paul.

Free after 4:30pm on weekdays is good enough for me and those I know, but the city should remove the "no parking/no stopping" until 5:15pm signs-too confusing and not really necessary.
MnNative

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Apr 27, 2010
For what its worth, I was going to go to the art crawl this last weekend. A few friends had some exhibits. I did not go because I would have to pay a meter on Saturday which used to be free.
206driver

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Apr 27, 2010
Lack of parking and rude, overly aggressive parking police are why I never consider going downtown. I do not go down there, period for that reason.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Apr 27, 2010
I would have to have a pretty compelling reason to shop downtown anywhere. Why pay for parking and deal with the hassle of finding a spot when you can park for free at a mall?

Its a broken business model from the 1960s before there were malls everywhere.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Apr 27, 2010
suburban Resident wrote:
Is there really a reason to go downtown anymore?

Two dolts thought that was an incendiary comment. Maybe members of mayor colemnan's staff.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#30 Apr 27, 2010
suburban Resident wrote:
Is there really a reason to go downtown anymore?
If your workplace is not downtown and your not into concerts, hockey, live theater, conventions, art, a science musuem, and lots of bars and restaurants, then yes, you probably have no reason to go downtown.

One thing seriously lacking for downtown St. Paul is some nightclubs. The restuarant scene has really come around lately, but nightclubs would really give the city some energy at night.

Instead of "The Pond" across the street from the X, a Block E type venue (done right) could really energize the area and turn 7th Street into a livelier street.
parking ticket

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Apr 27, 2010
why come to downtown st. paul? there ain`t nothing downtown, its dead.
DoDo

Minneapolis, MN

#32 Apr 27, 2010
Kathy wrote:
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.
Please don't comment if you don't live in the city
otherwise you are a hypocrite basher only.
206driver

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Apr 27, 2010
spectre000 wrote:
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Instead of "The Pond" across the street from the X, a Block E type venue (done right) could really energize the area and turn 7th Street into a livelier street.
What really looks nice is the passed out homeless people in the parks across from the X in front of the Dorthy Day center, a real asset to the city. No need to change that look.
roach motel

Saint Paul, MN

#34 Apr 27, 2010
Who doesn't love downtown. Meter police watch the cars like hawks, the state office buildings that are funded by taxpayers are all locked to the non-employee public, drug sellers hang out at the bus stops. A caring place to bring the family.
Or you could go to the free parking, unlocked buildings, friendly workers suburbs to spend your time and money.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Apr 27, 2010
206driver wrote:
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What really looks nice is the passed out homeless people in the parks across from the X in front of the Dorthy Day center, a real asset to the city. No need to change that look.
Damn all those charities and their good will, free meals, shelter, warmth, support, hospitality, generosity, caring, nurturing...
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#36 Apr 28, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
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Two dolts thought that was an incendiary comment. Maybe members of mayor colemnan's staff.

Now that mayor coleman has called for a boycott of arizona, I will boycott st paul. Well, no big deal as I avoid it if at all possible already.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Apr 28, 2010
spectre000 wrote:
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Damn all those charities and their good will, free meals, shelter, warmth, support, hospitality, generosity, caring, nurturing...

Chem dep enablers... ;)

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