Downtown Minneapolis is seen as drowning in a sea of parking lots

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Minneapolis will evaluate at least 140 parking lots, which officials say stunt area's growth.

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rmjeffersonJul. 24, 12 9:29 PM

What do you expect? There are three stadiums downtown Minneapolis. Where are these people supposed to park and party before the game?

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liberaleliteJul. 24, 12 9:30 PM

Will a new stadium cause redevelopment of surface lots? Nope. The Dome never did. The north side of the neighborhood only started redeveloping when the Guthrie came in. And I'm pretty sure the Strib has two blocks of surface parking wasting away in Downtown East.

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capsule2Jul. 24, 12 9:36 PM

Yeppers, they have to pay for the stadium boondoggle. Have to make all these after-the-game money producing establishments they claim will happen.

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swmnguyJul. 24, 12 9:39 PM

All-day surface parking is way too cheap in Minneapolis. If the lot operators can charge such low rates and still cover the costs of ownership and operation, the city isn't charging nearly enough in taxes and fees. If the city is serious about encouraging people to use transit in and out of downtown, they need to charge enough in taxes and fees that the lots need to charge $20 or more per day to park for more than 4 hours.

We need to have a good supply of affordable parking spaces for shoppers or people going to a game, a show, or an appointment, but those needs are well-met by the ramps.

The issue is commuters. If we allow parking for 9 hours to cost comparably to transit, people will continue to drive downtown and park, rather than drive to a park-and-ride and use transit. Higher fees will encourage more transit use, and will give lot owners more incentive to make deals with developers, rather than hold out for a golden windfall that never materializes, leaving us with blighted, underused land in what should be the best locations in the metro area.

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DufferHJul. 24, 12 9:40 PM

If developers wanted to move into the downtown area, these parking lots would disappear in a flash. The question that should be asked is "Why don't developers want to move downtown?" It shouldn't take a special committee to discover the reasons.

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liberaleliteJul. 24, 12 9:49 PM

rmjefferson you are aware that downtown minneapolis also features "parking structures" a.k.a. ramps or garages which accomodate many more cards without necessarily destroying the urban fabric, street-level retail, etc.

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erikj3Jul. 24, 12 9:51 PM

Turn them into parks.

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stoneageJul. 24, 1210:12 PM

""Why don't developers want to move downtown?" It shouldn't take a special committee to discover the reasons."................It's simple. NOBODY wants to develop next to a sport stadium. I've been saying for four years that the Dome is a blockade to development and the new stadium isn't going to change that one bit. The simpletons that want parking lots to tailgate in are the worst. They don't even add to the financial prosperity of the area. They party in the lot, and then go home. Someone find a way to turn the stadium issue around.

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ode1213Jul. 24, 1210:16 PM

Increasing parking costs will NOT increase the amount of people coming to downtown to shop and socialize at the bars/estaurants...and daily parking is already far cheaper than game day parking. I suspect if "taxes and fees" are increased on parking you'll see fewer retailers moving downtown and likely see some of the few that are left follow Nieman Marcus and the group of Block E stores out of town. This is about social engineering to force commuters to use public transit and NOT revitalize dead sections of downtown.

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elementxJul. 24, 1210:21 PM

Parking lots are a blight on the city. Build underground lots with lofts, offices, and businesses above

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