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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93 comments
Chrystylyn Hanks
Chrystylyn Hanks

It isn't St. Louis but if you ever have to park at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, just pay for the valet.

Rebekah Wedick
Rebekah Wedick

Totally agree with the STLCO courthouse. Ridiculous.

Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Brooks

"This isn't Mario Kart, people" No, and generating new content isn't rocket science.

Ben Stewart
Ben Stewart

If you didn't expect to park 3 ft from the front door of any of these places, you should be fine. Park one metrolink stop away, park on the street, walk for 5 minutes, ride your bike, pay a terrifying $7 parking lot fee. It's probably the easiest city in the world to go where you want.

Jon Simons
Jon Simons

St. Louis loves a good ol' article on parking.

Denise Hestand
Denise Hestand

They left off the chaos of the Schnucks parking lot at Big Bend and Clayton, can I get a hells yeah for that maddening asshole magnet?!?

Phil Adams
Phil Adams

OMG did the world stop again? RFT couldnt find anything to write about today,this is a recycled story from last summer

Vince Laskowski
Vince Laskowski

Hmmm.... I'm wondering how the rft is going to spin this into a racial issue tomorrow....

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Meh, you can park at any meter downtown all day for a $10 fine....works out great during the post season when everyone jacks their rates up to $30.

Dave Dunn
Dave Dunn

The problem is people in the midwest cant drive

Jennifer O'Neal
Jennifer O'Neal

That parking lot on Tucker that's pictured in the article has got to be the creepiest ever

Darlene Meyer Yurkins
Darlene Meyer Yurkins

true. in NYC, parking per hour costs about the same as the day rate in STL. street parking is a very lucky find and still leaves you with a good walk. either way, you are never sure your car will be the same when you get back to it - which also goes here.

Darlene Meyer Yurkins
Darlene Meyer Yurkins

heheheh! it's like those giant SUVs just spend the day prowling the lot looking for a fender bender to get into or a pedestrian to hit as the drivers yell/text into their smartphones: "There's a sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyoooooond!"

Kimberly Fach
Kimberly Fach

It's called expanding metro link and stop the parking nightmare for good!

Brian Wade
Brian Wade

BRENTWOOD PROMENADE!!! Its Like Suburban Deathmatch 2015 on their lot!!!

Adam C Gabor
Adam C Gabor

Cardinals parking isn't that bad if you know where to park. There's a couple $5-$10 lots that have you facing Broadway and makes for a quick exit

Daniel Joseph
Daniel Joseph

This is literally one of the worst articles I've ever seen you guys do, "creepy garages"?? Nice try

AJ Wilkes
AJ Wilkes

The worst places for drivers are those that are the best places for pedestrians, bicyclists, and user of public transportation. Funny how that works out.

Brooks Maxwell
Brooks Maxwell

This article is about 4th of July weekend, 2014. Forest Park can not be the worst place. Try harder RFT.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

I agree with all of the "places" listed but isn't this the same problem enjoyed by every city in the U.S.? I think so. Parking is a LOT worse in many other cities than it is here.

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

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.

kagekarasu
kagekarasu

The metro needs to go a lot of places. If they got the money together to actually build a functioning mass transit system, the whole STL area would be better for it, there would be less of these parking issues, less accidents and people more willing to come into the city for events and vice versa.

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