Our ever-growing piles of snow are forcing some communities to ask for help with parking. City streets seem to be getting narrower by the week, with solid mounds of snow pushing parked cars farther into the roadway. That can be a real hazard, especially in cases where emergency vehicles need to get through.
The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.
On Wednesday morning, crews across the Twin Cities were working hard to clear all the snow from the streets after many of them declared snow emergencies. As always, that meant drivers needed to be extra cautious of where they parked, or end up getting towed.
The Twin Cities are each in their second day of snow emergencies Thursday following the three inches of snow that fell on Christmas Eve. In St. Paul, parking is prohibited on all Day Plow routes beginning at 8 a.m., which include all non-posted east-west residential streets and the non-posted side of north-south residential streets. In Minneapolis, there is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Store owners at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are hoping for a warmer weekend. Unlike traditional malls, where it’s always 70 degrees, customers at these shops occasionally have to venture outside, going door to door. Liz Schiller is the owner of Juniper, a small boutique that features local designers and artists. “We do see a decrease in business when the weather is frigid like today,” Schiller said. When the temperature drops, so do the prices at a lot of Arbor Lakes’ stores. Discounts and incentives are offered to those willing to spend a little time outside.
Real or staged this is a fantastic video of one driver trying to get out of a parking lot.
Zagat just ranked the St. Paul Farmers Market as one of the nation’s top five. But getting to the market just got harder. Because of construction for the new St. Paul Saints stadium, the spots where market shoppers typically park are now off limits. It’s upset neighbors who live in the area because the construction zone has taken away their parking. The city says it’s working with housing associations to find closer options.
They’ve overcome Mother Nature only to be challenged with parking problems in downtown Minneapolis. Food truck owners say every weekday can become challenging as they scout for the best spot.
The City of Minneapolis will not declare a snow emergency Friday, but will send out plows to clear streets and alleys. St. Paul has declared a snow emergency effective 9 p.m. Friday night.
Minneapolis crews have fixed the on-street parking pay stations that were out of service in downtown Minneapolis.
The Minnesota State Fair might be over, but the state is still fighting to collect a specific parking tax.
Game-day parking can be a hassle, so do yourself a favor and plan ahead.
The signs of fall are everywhere. Kids are back in school, the leaves are already changing, and the parking ramp at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is full.
Good news for residents of Uptown, bad news for everyone else. Three streets in the area will be part of an expansion of “permit-only” parking areas, strictly for residents.
The days of searching the floor of your car for quarters are, for the most part, over in Minneapolis. Installation of new computerized parking meters will be finished by the end of October, completing a two-year process.