I remember the time I parked and got out of my car to grab something out of the trunk . . and no I am not making this up . . when I closed the trunk there was already a ticket on my windshield and I could not find the person who left it.
Parking is taken very seriously in downtown St. Paul and parking at a meter is very expensive but the city is finally getting rid of those horrible meters that only accept quarters and put in meters that accept all types of US currency and credit cards. Most of my meter type parking is for business so having the ability to use a credit card or to get a receipt is wonderful. With that said the *&^%$!! butt heads raised the parking rates and increased the hours that meters will be enforced.
As part of the implementation, the hours of enforcement of parking meters will be revised to 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Saturday, parking meter rates will be increased in general by 25 cents per hour, and time limits on one hour meters will be increased to two hour [City Web site]
The city is planing on improving signage which is a good thing because currently they put 26 signes us and we have to read them all and try to take that information and use it to decide if we can actually park.
Maybe you can tell that I am not a fan of the way the city handles parking but I think they have made a giant leap forward.
Parking in ramps and on surface lots in downtown St. Paul is more reasonably priced than the meters.
Photo: Parking pay station – Kellogg Blvd