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The 8 Worst Places to Park in St. Louis

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A concrete parking garage riding a Papa John's -- isn't urban architecture great?
3. Creepy Parking Garages
Parking garages tend to embody a whole bunch of terrible things all at the same time, and St. Louis' downtown garages are no exception. With missing wayfaring signage, temperamental payment machines, randomly locked elevator doors and sketchy lighting, garages like this one at Tucker Boulevard and Locust Street turn the simple task of finding your car into a horror movie.

4. St. Louis County Courthouse
The surface lot next to the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton functions like its own special criminal justice system -- but here everyone is presumed guilty. On weekdays there are always a half dozen cars circling like vultures, waiting for someone to leave. No one ever leaves.

See also: Black Drivers Still Get Pulled Over More in Missouri, St. Louis: Attorney General

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Avoiding banana people during Mardi Gras: Just part of a normal St. Louis commute.
5. Street Festivals and Arena Concerts
We love St. Louis for hosting to so many wild festivals and concerts, but it makes life hard on drivers trying to get from point A to B without leaving a trail of bodies behind them. Soulard during Mardi Gras gets particularly bad with streets closed off and drunkards lurching to and fro. And if you're planning on seeing a show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, don't worry about the parking getting in -- worry about getting out. Escaping from that lot can take more than hour. We recommend packing snacks and a bottle you can pee into.

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6. Central West End
Want to grab some lunch here during a weekday? Maybe happy hour and dinner on a Friday or Saturday night? Good luck with that.

7. The Grove
It may be home to trendy venues and bars, but parking in the Grove can quickly turn from placid to horrendous. With the Demo, Ready Room and the Gramophone sharing the same stretch of Manchester Avenue and the new Urban Chestnut Brewery buffering a residential neighborhood, you're more likely to find an envelope filled with cash than a reasonable parking spot.

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8. Cardinals Games
The fans may be the most loyal in all of baseball, but searching for a parking spot from within a sea of red and white jerseys would make Tony La Russa himself curse Fredbird's name.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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57 comments
Karen Hall
Karen Hall

That`s not what yall said last month about stl driver!lol

Andy Crossett
Andy Crossett

The worse place to park is anywhere where the thugs decide to break into multiple cars in one area! Car clotting.

Alex Francis
Alex Francis

Parking for the Dome is the worse. My buddy and I went to a Rams game and parked probably in that garage, we went up the stairs when leaving and each level had a homeless person sleeping on the stairs the whole way up.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

The best place to park and it's free is the MUNY. 4 big concerts over 4th of July weekend would draw 40,000 paid, easily 10,000 from out of town for one or two nights stays. That would be perhaps an appropriate way to celebrate St. Louis at 250 in Forest Park at night, and all the normal daytime attractions operate during the day.  And the nighttime traffic in the Park was kept very much controlled when Bi State then METRO offered express bus service to MUNY. But that was killed a decade ago when Harvey Harris, an owner of the Fox was a METRO commissioner. Not been restored as Grand Center President Vince Schoemehl took his place' on METRO's board. The chaos in Forest Park this Fourth of July is a tribute to power and control.

t.danneman
t.danneman

Can't find a spot to park in the city? Stay in the county, we won't miss you.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

I added the cardinals schedule to my calendar simply to know when NOT to go downtown. More recently, I learned that any event downtown means no parking, so I avoid downtown as much as possible.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

I would use Metrolink if someone would rent a brain and build it out to deep southwest St. Louis County but no one has thought of where to find the money to extend it out and to south county too.

Adam Woodson
Adam Woodson

But most trips don't require the transporting of guitar amps. For those that do, use a vehicle (of course).

Susie Nicholson
Susie Nicholson

Hahaha, this is hilarious to Angelenos!!! I come to St. Louis every year and wonder where the cars are. And where the valets are. And where the meters are. My cousin got a ticket last year for an expired meter. It was $10. In L.A. it's $65.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

People need to understand that our car-centric culture is not tenable. There isn't enough room for every single person to drive a car to everywhere they want to go at all times. We have to choose between a vibrant street life or a city made of parking lots. There is no way to ever satisfy parking desires. Everyone wants to park close to where they want to be (a total impossibility) and everyone expects enough parking at all times no matter what the conditions. Saint Louis actually has better traffic and better parking conditions compared to most other major cities. But people still complain and complain if they have to walk more than a few feet from their car to their destination. Get out of your car, live near where you usually need to go, use mass transit, use your feet, use a bike, and quit whining constantly about parking conditions that are as good as they're ever going to get without demolishing half the city for your precious Volvo.

mbloodworth8
mbloodworth8

The fact that "Washington Avenue on a weekend evening" isn't on this list is crazy.  I mean, unless you park within one block of the strip, you're in a warzone.  That should be #1, let alone in the top 8.

Bob Chekoudjian
Bob Chekoudjian

All the more reason for expanding comprehensive public transportation. If we get even 50% of the folks to take an alternate means of getting to one of these events, then guy like Gerald and myself, who need to haul gear to one of these events, can do so more practically. And if I were just attending, man, would I love to just be able to hop on light rail from a centralized parking area/garage, get in and get out without the hassle of dealing with a vehicle.

Matthew Deutschmann
Matthew Deutschmann

While the Brentwood Promenade is bad it's nothing compared to parking across Brentwood BLVD, anywhere near Whole Foods. People in that parking lot are the worst. Thankful every time I get out of there with out getting into an accident.

Gerald Good
Gerald Good

#7. Oh, the irony. Also, try transporting a guitar amp via bicycle and let me know how that works out for you.

complexbear
complexbear

The key to leaving Verizon is to get up as the first encore starts, you can hear everything all the way to the parking lot. When the music stops get in the car and drive away, works every time.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Yes, I did. What did I miss that should change my mind? It's all the typical examples of what goes on in every city. Yeah, its hard to find parking at a well-attended event or venue. And the part about the drivers; again welcome to every city in the U.S. and beyond.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

The VP Fair might be empty this year, because tens of thousands of fat hoosiers will stay home when they find out they'll have to walk more than 100 feet from their parking spot to attend.  

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

I take the Metro to Cards, Blues, Forest Park, CWE, and Lambert. No parking problems!

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

So walk, bike, cab it, or allow extra time to find parking. Welcome to adulthood, RFT folks.

Jon Simons
Jon Simons

You have zero parking issues when you ride a bike!

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Well aren't you lucky.  It must run close enough for you to ride it without driving 10-15 miles or more and we all pay Socialized sales taxes to provide you with that service that we can't access. 

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity  Hey, welcome to being a libturd !  Calling people names already....you got a good start !  That's the time proven way to influence people.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@dalediversity , makes little sense to drive to a metrolink station, park there, for the privilege to walk 2 miles to a destination knowing you will have to walk back that 2 miles, wait for the train, and then take four times as long to reach your car as it would have to drive. But thankfully, some people have little respect for their own time, and will use public transportation for a simple night out.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@jaco1175 @billj598  Care to step out in person, face to face, from behind your libturd keyboard and we'll see who whines first you miserable cowardly little piece of trash ?  Anywhere, anytime, you piece of pig shit.  You are so brave hiding behind that keyboard spouting your constant filth, you stupid, demented moron. I have your name, ISP and its' location and know exactly where you are. C'mon chicken shit, make my day, and I'll invite other commenters to watch who are fed up with you.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598  Aha ! You just proved me correct again.  Way to go !  Thanks for the confirmation. Is that the best you've got ?  Grow up !

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@dalediversity, the only uneducated lout is someone who repeatedly uses the word hoosier as an insult. Perhaps if you got more than ten miles outside the city, you'd know this.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598  Ha, ha !  You just did....again.  Those of your ilk find it impossible to carry on a civilized discussion of difference of opinion and find a mutually beneficial "common ground" on which they can compromise. You, most assuredly, fit the description.  One of the biggest problems with our so-called society.  Thanks again for the entertainment...keep 'em coming until you WISE UP !You obviously didn't read or comprehend Mr. Madison's reply to your insulting, immature posts either.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@dalediversity, absolutely! A true Hoosier, with a capital-H. Look into the mirror to see the problems of Saint Louis. Little cliques drive tiny communities. No one likes anyone from outside their area. They mock them. Not with cute endearing names, but with ridicule. As if someone from the other side of the tracks is not worthy. Saint Louis will always be cliques, and nothing more. Even when an attraction draws people from different areas and backgrounds, the clique-mentality remains in place and free association with others is not the norm.
You want people to walk a few blocks? It is not the hoosiers that refuse to do so. It is the native Saint Louis high school mentalities that refuse. Not our neighborhood.

This Saint Louis think is all around in how the communities were built. Not with an eye towards getting people to other areas. Never will happen. Just bring in bucks to the area and waste every last dollar. Well done! Keep the tradition of insults alive. It will help us all to remember Saint Louis is not friendly to outsiders.


billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598 Most third graders know how to look up unfamiliar words on their PC.  Ever hear of Google ? Try it sometime !  Man, this is getting better and better...ROTFLMAO !  Ron White was right !

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598  And there you go again !  Now shut up and go away or the boogeyman will come and scare you. Kinda' makes you out to be a total liar doesn't it considering your moniker (ooops, better look up that word too) Mr. Diversity Hypocrite.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598  Ron White, the well-known comedian, is the author of the statement that most certainly applies to an individual such as yourself who continuously exhibits diarrhea of the keyboard and constipation of the brain.  Quoting Ron White "You can't fix stupid" !  Now shut up and go away or the boogeyman will come and scare you in your dreams. 

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@billj598 Bill, you can move to Wisconsin and marry your boyfriend. I fully support your right to do this! 

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

@dalediversity @billj598  Sorry Dale, you're too late and the wrong sex.  Happily married for 46 years and tired of dealing with hypocritical cretins like yourself.  Now crawl back under your rock and grab hold of yourself as you type your asinine foolishness or withdraw like your Father should have. . 

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@billj598 You've been in the closet for 46 years!!! Holy cow! But it's safe to come out now. 

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