New restrictions mean parking in Minneapolis might be a mess until April

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The city of Minneapolis imposed winter parking restrictions yesterday, meaning drivers face a $200-plus ticket and tow if they park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes.

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Minneapolis's move came days after Minnesota's most recent snowpocalypse left some city streets too narrow for emergency vehicles to safety operate.

Unfortunately, unlike the three-day snow emergencies we all know and hate, Minneapolis's winter parking restrictions probably won't be lifted anytime soon. They'll last until April 1 "unless conditions allow the City to lift the ban earlier," an email sent by the city says. And with the polar vortex back in full effect this week, a thaw appears to be a ways down the road yet.

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"Streets designated as parkways and Snow Emergency Routes are not affected by Winter Parking Restrictions and vehicles can park on both sides of these streets unless otherwise posted," the city email continues. "Winter parking restrictions are being put in place because Minneapolis has had so much snow that streets have narrowed to the point that access for emergency vehicles is restricted, posing a risk to public safety."

St. Paul officials are considering implementing similar parking restrictions, but no decision had been made as of this morning.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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bryanflake1984
bryanflake1984

I can only imagine the pavement repairs that this winter has thrown at the roads in Minneapolis.  I can see how important it is to drive carefully, because, your driving during bad weather may cause damage to the road.  That damage typically can't get repaired until spring or summer.


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birdiegolden
birdiegolden

I can appreciate the need to make space for emergency vehicles.  However, I completely sympathize with how angry Minneapolis residents are at having to walk (some people over a mile)  in sub zero temps, just to get home.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin

The roads suck in the "rich" areas too. If you want to expand on conspiracy theories, they only tow cars in the poor neighborhoods. Now, which one is it?

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

You guys complaining are idiots I'm sure you wouldn't be so against it if you needed an ambulance or fire truck.

Ryan Bruchman
Ryan Bruchman

Parking sucks but my street needed this. I had trouble getting down the street with my car so i can't imagine how a firetruck would go through it.

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

Gah...went down there to see Skinny Puppy and the roads are worse than Duluth.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

Because Republicans have the ability to snap their fingers and alter reality? That only works on FOX News bud.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

Oh Minneapolis, how I don't miss parking in yea.

Allie Bakewell
Allie Bakewell

Losing half our parking does suck, it is very inconvenient. But would you rather the fire trucks and ambulances not be to fit down the streets in an emergency? That's why they cut parking in the first place.

Noelle Campbell
Noelle Campbell

Counting down the days till my trip to Barbados to celebrate surviving this winter!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

You mean a democrat ran city letting poor people suffer ?!? That's unheard of ....

Amanda Dobbs
Amanda Dobbs

They do a horrible job plowing the streets in North Mpls. If they would've towed the cars prior to plowing during the snow emergencies, we wouldn't have such a big problem. Those people who say that losing half of our parking isn't a big deal obviously don't have to walk blocks and blocks with babies or are thinking of the elderly or people with disabilities.

Susie Quarstad
Susie Quarstad

Also, it is just my opinion but your frustration with "poor people streets" not getting plowed is a different issue and you should bring it up to the city but really has nothing to do with the winter parking restrictions. I also disagree about the poor people streets. My poor people street gets plowed just fine.

Susie Quarstad
Susie Quarstad

I don't understand why you think this means they won't plow until April? There is nothing about the winter parking restrictions that would lead to no more plowing.

Steph Wilson
Steph Wilson

Whatever. Just deal with it. It won't last til April 1anyway. It says until further notice so no need to freak out. Just wear those winter boots and walk a couple blocks.

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

No, how about just plow poor people streets too.

Nempls18
Nempls18

@barbertj23 perhaps it was the eloquent way you phrased your original comment. I live in the city and completely agree with @ajlalk3

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

Might be a mess? It is a mess. It also looks like they're not going to plow until April too. This is why I hate paying taxes. I wish I lived in the rich neighborhoods that are nice and plowed.

Sashay Marcel
Sashay Marcel

Jerilyn Ouellette Gagnon They weren't kidding about April 1!

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

0 sh*ts given for people who live in the area who needs places to park.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Only poor people park on the street?

I bet your dog is the smart one in the family.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@barbertj23  How about some "sh*ts" given for people who need emergency medical assistance, and who cannot be reached in time because ambulances or fire trucks cannot physically make it down the streets?

Please forgive the city of Minneapolis for making your life slightly more inconvenient for 5 weeks.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@ajlalk3 @barbertj23

What a douche response.

Did I say anything about how I don't think they should make the roads safe for emergency vehicles? Did I rant in some annoying way about how they shouldn't do it?

No

I simply stated that the city does nothing for those who already have a hard time parking in the best of conditions. Which is objectively true, there is no action by the city to help those of us in dense areas. A lot of us work late hours, I dare you to try parking after a shift waiting tables at 2 am. You might find a spot ten blocks away from your home, or you might need to sleep at a friends place in another city, because you can't park at your own home.

Don't change the subject to some soapbox  that no one is arguing about so you can feel like you're contributing.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kabdo1021 @ajlalk3  I live in Minneapolis, with on-street parking, and have never once been ticketed or towed due to parking restrictions. I am a responsible adult who moves my car when I have to. You should try becoming one.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@Drewey
So...
No one but me is responsible for anything that is said.

It's kind of liberating to be the responsible one.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

I think you should attempt to understand the definition of the word douch as you used it. Then look in the mirror... That moron looking back at you is the only douch in your exchange

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

@kabdo1021 @barbertj23@ajlalk3

No kidding.

Something just really pissed me off that he responded to me the way he did. I felt like I was just trying to point out that things like this can have other effects that people don't take into account, and end up causing other issues.

His list of "solutions" was just the final straw, each one of those is some redundant complaint I hear from people who live in the suburbs who can't live in the city because they're afraid to talk to their neighbors.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @ajlalk3  Here are your solutions:

1. Find a place to live with off-street parking.

2. Park ten blocks away, and walk home. Oh no, exercise!

3. Park where you are supposed to, and take public transportation. Leave your car where it sits until April 1.

4. Move out of Minneapolis, where you knew this would be a possibility before you came here.

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