All residents, workers, visitors and businesses in Downtown St. Louis have long wanted an improvement in parking situation.
Unlike other areas of the city we do not have any option for parking other than a paid lot or outdated meter. At the Loop you have large parking lots of free parking, at the Central West End there are credit card meters and if you don't want to pay you can park farther and walk, main street in St. Charles is completely free and on Grand and the Grove you can park on side streets in order to avoid a ticket and payment. These districts have seen tremendous growth!
In downtown St. Louis there is NO free parking anywhere, in fact every side street in the city is covered with meters. These meters are outdated and an entire roll of quarters is needed in order to park and avoid a ticket.
Reducing meter time for parking and offering alternatives to paid parking has been shown to be very effective in many other Downtown areas all over the country and in our own local communities.
Downtown has seen little to no growth. Macy's has packed up and left along with many other business's. In the past year we have seen a little growth with small shops opening up but how long do you think these shops will stay without daytime foot traffic in the street. Downtown is crime ridden and full of drunks because the only comfortable time to come downtown is at night.
At such a crucial time we should be encouraging people to come downtown, NOT discouraging them.
St. Lous is not Chicago or Atlanta, those cities have been built up to that point. St. Louis is a baby city that is not getting fed.
Let's petition the Treasurer and the Mayor and help ebolish Saturday meter enforcement and lower the weekday meter time from 7pm to 4pm. That's the least the city can do to help us grow!
As a downtown business owner we would love to see Downtown St. Louis succeed and are putting forth such hefty efforts to do so that a change like this is highly discouraging.