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Mayor Slay Follows Through With Promised Crackdown on Parking Lots

Categories: Community, Crime
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A parking attendant guards his lot recently in downtown St. Louis.
It's been months in the coming, and yesterday it finally came to fruition: We now have new rules impacting the way downtown St. Louis parking lots operate.

Yesterday Mayor Francis Slay's office announced that lots in the city's central business district will require an on-site attendant when open for business and secured access in and out of the facility when not in operation. The crackdown comes following an incident this past June when some 60 vehicles were broken into during an evening Cardinals' game.

The new directive also requires that parking lot attendants complete training by the police department on how to spot suspicious activity. But not all parking lots will have to comply with the new rules.

Those with a good track record can apply for a waiver to be reviewed periodically. Hmm. Methinks I smell some "favoritism" claims coming down the pike.

"Waivers will only be given to specific lots that historically have been safe places to leave a vehicle," said Frank Oswald, building commissioner, in a statement yesterday to the press. "My staff will work with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to ensure that we are giving waivers to only those lots without problems."

So whaddya think? Good policy or more evidence of the ever-growing nanny state?

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9 comments
Front Row
Front Row

I think it will probably work out good.  The vandals are most likely teenage thug wannabes.  The police shouldn't have to babysit everybody's lot.   The lot owners charge enough for parking,  they can afford a few people watching their lot.

steve
steve

How about making it safe to park on the street? This is going to result in fewer parking lots and more people parking on the street. The result will be the opposite of their intention.

loki03xlh
loki03xlh

How many times will cars have to broken into in a "historically safe parking lot" before the waiver is revoked?

richrox1
richrox1

How can ordinances or laws be enacted that allow "waivers"??Very stupid...and wide open to bribes, payoffs, political kickbacks, etc. St. Louis really is becoming a third class city! 

Your Momma
Your Momma

I think the police should be watching for suspicious activity instead of stealing tickets and attending games. 

Sako_Ku
Sako_Ku

I couldn't agree more.  Wtf is someone going to use to decide "historically safe place to leave a vehicle"!?!?!  That makes zero sense not to mention the places that receive such a waiver will quickly become unsafe when the criminals figure out they're still ungaurded.  Just plain stupid...

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