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St. Louis To Start Enforcing Saturday Parking-Meter Violations Downtown In July

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Public-service announcement! The city of St. Louis is going to start enforcing parking-meter violations downtown on Saturdays effective July 1, officials announced today.

That means folks parking downtown will be required to pay the meters between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Previously, parking division officials had not ticketed cars at expired meters on Saturday when drivers technically could park free for two hours. The city's parking commission voted unanimously to change this policy in May.

"We did it for consistency," St. Louis treasurer Tishaura Jones tells Daily RFT, pointing out that this aligns downtown rules with the rest of the city.

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Enforcement officers will issue warning notices during the first two weekends in July in order to allow time to adjust to the change, the treasurer's office says.

Parking at an expired meter results in a $10 ticket. As we noted when the city announced it would not give out free parking on Opening Day, a $10 ticket is actually not that bad of a deal for a day at Busch Stadium, especially compared to some nearby garage prices.

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Here's the full announcement from Jones' office:

Effective July 1, 2013, the Parking Division will begin enforcing parking violations, including expired meters, in Downtown St. Louis on Saturdays. Accordingly, Downtown patrons will be required to pay for using parking meters on Saturdays from 8:00am-7:00pm. The Parking Commission of the City of St. Louis voted unanimously to change this policy during its monthly meeting held May 9, 2013. This change in policy is necessary in order to apply consistent enforcement policies across the city.

In order to adjust to the change, enforcement officers will issue warning notices during the first two weekends in July.

Downtown is currently the only area of the city without Saturday enforcement.

What do you think?


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egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

They remain consistent over the last 25 years: 'Do not come Downtown'. At least their message is consistent. The figure the sports fans will tolerate this, but that's all they want downtown on the weekends.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

I seldom go downtown, and now I will not go downtown. Ask me for a few quarters, and lose dollars in taxes. No longer will I recommend my friends stay downtown on visits. Come on out to the burbs!

guest
guest

The comments about this on all the major news sources are outrageously hilarious (and ignorant as hell). First off, everywhere else in the city has Saturday meters.  Go to the Central West End on any Saturday at 2pm...its packed.  Secondly, $1/hour parking is nothing...I'm sorry you feel so damn entitled that everyone must cater to your needs for parking immediately outside whatever business you are patronizing.  Metered parking doesn't keep people away from anywhere...and if you don't have the change to park, you should re-evaluate your money situation next time you pay $60 to fill up your car.  Parking is not a right; it's a privilege! 

jonsimons
jonsimons

Stop crying and ride a bike!

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

Anywhere but there. I moved out to Saint Charles 4 years ago then O' Fallon, Mo last year, and plan on moving further west.

Kathi Barnett- Bilbrey
Kathi Barnett- Bilbrey

I avoid downtown like the plague...and they wonder why it looks like a ghostown in some parts..

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

I have always avoided downtown and Clayton. Because of that AND because of being mugged, shot, knifed, rapped. Those kinds of things really put a damper on my day. So I avoid those hell holes.

Allison Benoit
Allison Benoit

From what I've seen it doesn't start until July 1. So people at Pride this year won't have to worry about it. Next year, on the other hand...

Daryl Sutphen
Daryl Sutphen

I DO NOT GO DOWN INTO THE CITY PRIMARLY FOR PARKING ISSUES! THE SAVIS CENTER ALONE RENTS ITS GARAGES OUT AND WHEN THIER IS DAYTIME ADVENTS YOUR FORCED TO PARK AT UNION STATION OR AT A METER... LAST EVENT WENT INTO HUNDREDS OF $ IN TICKETS...

Katherine Powderly
Katherine Powderly

Exactly. It's unfortunate because who doesn't want a revival of downtown St. Louis... Instead of generating more reasons for people not to live/work/visit downtown, why can't they shift their priorities to more positive efforts such as events, community, or how about all of these local businesses sprouting up downtown! What's that song again? ♪♪ Cash Rules Everything Around Me ♪♪

Sue Stepanek
Sue Stepanek

especially since a lot of us will be down there for pride in two weeks

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson

I once had a job that was closed to where I lived and at a place I did actually enjoy working at in Clayton. But, paying 8+ dollars a day and even more than that if you had to park in a garage was really hurting me financially and I had to leave for a job that was way farther away and the only benefit was that I didn't have to pay for parking.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I love all of ignorant comments from people whose downtown experience is drawn from getting shitfaced on the Landing twice a year, maybe going to a couple Cards games, and reading the occasional blurb in RFT.

manujaobly
manujaobly

bullshit they did it for consistency... they did it right before the 4th of July to make a BANKLOAD of money bunch of assholes... guess i will stay my ass at home or go somewhere else... the city of st. louis WILL NOT get my money. 

Brianne Victor Gerzevske
Brianne Victor Gerzevske

Bryan Berger, you and the rest of you haters is what's wrong with this city. Unless it involves getting inordinately drunk and/or the Cardinals, downtown is just homeless people, gang bangers, and prostitutes. Get friggn real!!

Jaizen Mokwa
Jaizen Mokwa

Cool. Now if we could get the cards fans... Im one myself. To pay to park in a lot so those that live downtown can have a spot by their apartment... Lol. Hopefully this means i can find one now.

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Go enjoy it then. I'll wait for Mardi Gras. Thanks

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

um, there's a lot going on downtown. A lot has changed in just the last 10 years.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

I thought parking was free downtown both saturday & sunday. hmmm

Katherine Powderly
Katherine Powderly

The problem is people who work for minimum wage or for minimal amounts of money are paying 8+ dollars a day just to park. It's ridiculous.

Aleta Joellen
Aleta Joellen

That sucks... I visit my bf on the weekends and would prefer not to pay at least $5 a day to park. Also, have had our cars broken into at the pay to park lots. Shitty decision.

Nick Scydick
Nick Scydick

wow... if you can't afford to pay the parking meter, you probably shouldn't be driving downtown in the first place. Maybe try driving to a job so you an save some change?

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@guest It is no longer an issue for the tens of thousand who have turned away. You may view the comments as funny. They are not.

coreybishop1978
coreybishop1978

@guest Hahahah, you MUST not WORK in the city! It's not a privilege, it is something that has been going on for years! Until this SAD city has gone broke! WE are broke b/c of super corrupt bureaucrats that TAKE $150.K a yr. for giving their opinion & have NO real resolve to any problem, which is the real problem. ( A bunch of  people, MAYBE with a HS diploma ( more dropouts than grads), MOST with NO formal training in public works, but passed  the test b/c of the CURVE). Now the city want's to pass the bill to the patrons of the city... WE already pay a CITY tax just to be here. Not to mention the money WE have to pay to fix our businesses and our vehicles from all the of the crime and vandalism that our " City's Finest" can't seem to keep a handle on. Not trying to be rude, but Funk your anonymity and your Chesterfield frame of mind. I want you to work 1 day in the city on a weekend and then tell me how " Outrageously Hilarious ( and ignorant as hell)" that WE are. This is about a lot more than the city trying to make more money on the weekends. This is about how WE as a city are going broke, and that WE need more money to fix the problems that WE neglected to begin with b/c WE don't want to hurt anyone's FEELINGS. WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT OK WITH THIS! $1.00 an hour on the weekends per meter will be devastating for the businesses in the city. WE are NOT Chicago or NYC, WE are ST. Louis, and WE have pride in our business and our city, and this obvious stretch to make more money b/c the city can't keep their shit together. Please leave your safe haven, and walk a mile in OUR shoes. My name is Corey Bishop and I am a manager at Copia Urban Winery on Washington, and my guests shouldn't have to worry about their "meters" on the weekends.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@guest , you are incorrect. Metered parking does keep me away from downtown. Weekends were at least reasonable times for meeting friends downtown, but not any longer. I'll be recommending they stay out in the burbs, and we'll go elsewhere to spend our money. Congratulations - remember to turn off the lights when you leave.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@jonsimons , look at California trying to recoup gas taxes by placing a surcharge on electric cars. Do you think it is long before the city charges bike riders, too? Just wait. Technically, you are to have a permit to ride a bike in the city. Think the police could take your bike if it is not showing a license/permit? Not too far into the future. Then who will be crying?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Michael Javert , pay meters just make it easier for the muggers. Women pull out their purses to get change, and whack/run thieves will prey upon them. Men at least will only have a handful of change, but will be one-handed come the assault. Yes, they are a good reason to avoid downtown with pay meters.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@Daryl Sutphen Parking was denied Kiel Opera House when the convention hall was torn down and the hockey arena built. Parking was denied the opera house when it reopened. Thank you Vince Schoemehl and Barb Geisman. Every downtown performing arts center in the world has parking. Kansas City's Kauffman Center has a huge parking garage.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@Katherine Powderly Grand Center does not want revitalization of Downtown St. Louis. Is that not yet apparent to you. They dont want anybody going east going any farther than grand avenue.

Mark
Mark

@manujaobly You'll show them, won't you? You sound like a 3 year old who wines and decides to take his bag of marbles and play elsewhere!  Grow up! Parking is cheap in STL vs in other places that offer even less than STL offers!

bizniche28
bizniche28

@manujaobly One, the 4th of July is on a Thursday, which is a couple days away from Saturday.  And people who read the entire article / announcement see that during the first two weeks they will only be issuing warnings.  Please stay home if you can't afford $1.50 (or less) to park at a downtown meter.  Better yet, go to Chicago where meters are $6.50 per hour downtown, lol, and you have to pay that $6.50hr on SUNDAY!!!

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@Audra Evans Wienke Festivals, and banquets in city hall, the library, and condemning Kiel Opera House to banquets and weddings, will kill all the downtown restaurants. Paying to park wont be anyone's problem. Finding jobs will be the problem.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Audra Evans Wienke , yep. Regressive taxation. Keep voting for these losers, and expect something different to happen.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@Brianne Victor Gerzevske No. Not hate. Continued concern for a city continuing to regress.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Nick Scydick , or maybe you'll be attending a show lasting longer than the meter allows you to stuff coins into it. You'll have to run out of the show to put more coins into the meter, or get a parking ticket for being one minute too late.

mjohemme
mjohemme

@JamesMadison Hmm, I haven't heard of any daytime street shootings, muggings or rapings downtown either. At least not for the last several years since I moved here. Where is this happening?

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@JamesMadison A little smug and elitist, Nick. Hope you are never on limited income and still expect something worth while for which to come Downtown, and not only cant find it but unreasonable costs to try to find it.

mjohemme
mjohemme

@JamesMadison @mjohemme Ok, the 2 robberies happened downtown, the murders were not anywhere near downtown (by near I mean by city resident standards, of course). Thanks for the info and responding civilly.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@mjohemme, happens. Famously to a former governor here: 

http://fox2now.com/2013/01/18/former-mo-governor-robbed-in-downtown-st-louis/ 

10:45am famous "game" some idiots played:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/fatal-beating-in-st-louis-was-result-of-knockout-game/article_b5af427f-f999-5ede-94be-a05ddd7ab59e.html

11:40am:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/two-brothers-shot-one-dies-in-st-louis-holdup/article_1c659f9f-08be-562d-a624-b0f262fdb2af.html

 6pm is daylight:

http://www.kmov.com/news/local/suspect-charged-after-robbing-woman-at-knife-point-in-downtown-apartment-209284771.html 

The list could go on and on, but more importantly, not all the crimes are reported. Many victims realize they have no clear ability to identify the mugger. They only saw them at a glance or perhaps not at all. The recent

I did not mention rapes, but I'm willing to bet some occur in the daylight as well. Many rapes go unreported.

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