The parking directives on signs in downtown St. Paul seem to often scream, “go away,” and today a group of business interests called on the city to lighten up on the enforcement.
The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce said a recent survey of business owners and customers said parking enforcement is “overly aggressive,” the signs are confusing, and the maximum time allowed at meters is too short.
“We have to stop pretending we have a rush hour out of downtown St. Paul,” City Council member Dave Thune said, referring to signs (like the one above) that even prevents people from stopping, let alone park.
Brian Horst (above), who runs Details Salon on the Lowry Building said he often pays the parking tickets of customers, but fears many people don’t bother trying to park.
Susan Kimberly (left, above), the interim director of the Chamber, said the group wants the time limit on parking meters extended to 90 minutes, and free parking at meters if they’re broken. Thune indicated the city is considering computerized parking meters that will accept credit cards. They might be paid for with the money generated by fines on parking scofflaws, he said.
(Take the parking survey from the Capitol River Council.)