Minneapolis Parking Ban

If you live in Minneapolis I’m sure you’ve already heard about the extended Snow Emergency until April 1st.
Minneapolis posted about it on their Facebook page and the comments are adding up, as you can imagine, mostly people are pissed.

Here’s the Facebook posting.

Minneapolis Snow Emergency Winter parking restrictions begin tomorrow, Thurs. Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. Have questions about the restrictions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on our Web site.Winter Parking RestrictionsFrequently Asked Questions
During some winters, snow accumulations can reach a point where streets become too narrow and difficult to navigate. Public safety is jeopardized when this happens because fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles are slowed down or are prevented from responding to calls for help. …

This seems to come down to a few basic camps.

1) Why didn’t the City enforce Snow Restrictions better and tow cars that didn’t move so the street could get plowed?
2) Where the F-Bomb am I supposed to park now?
3) Thank god I have a driveway

I think we know if the City were to have illegally parked cars towed prior to plowing people would be super pissed and call it a racket. Also, I doubt the impound lots could handle all the cars.

The where am I to park arguement is semi-legit, but it’s not like Minneapolis is always at capacity parking. I recall a few years in the 90’s when the city did the same thing and I managed to find parking, even when I lived in an area that required a permit because the parking was already so limited. It was a hassle, but living in the city and owning a car is often a hassle.

It does seem that Minneapolis and Saint Paul both fail at snow removal, but this is coming from someone that is from Duluth. A city on a hill that gets twice the snow we get here and they do a great job at keeping the roads plowed.

What do you think about the ban?



12 Comments so far

  1. Matt (unregistered) on February 11th, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    Wait, so where do I park when there is an ACTUAL snow emergency? I live on a snow emergency street so by 9pm the day one is declared I have to be off it or get towed.

    So I move my car to the even side of a non-SE street, because at 8am the towing starts on the odd side of those streets.

    If we can no longer park on the even side, then where the hell do we move our cars then.. or do we all have to be up all night to move our cars back before 8am to the snow emergency streets? ????

  2. Matt (unregistered) on February 11th, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    SO yeah, after visiting their website I can state my claim better (and copied this from one i put on facebook)

    Can somebody PLEASE tell me what happenes when ‘a Snow Emergency be declared during Winter Parking Restrictions?’ because we move our cars to even sides of the street because that allows til the night after the snow emergency, if we can’t be on even side then this will be a nightmare. We would all have to wake up at 3am and move our cars to Snow Emergency streets that have been plowed ‘to the curb’ or by 8am at least.

    They mention the exact scenario on their website as ‘different’ than a normal snow emergency rules, but don’t say how, only to call them if that happens…. WTF?

  3. Chris (unregistered) on February 15th, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    It’s Minnesota. It snows. It’s a pain in the ass in the best circumstances. Maybe we should just get over it.

  4. Matt (unregistered) on February 15th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Yeah, exactly.. they shouldn’t have to explain any of the new regulations to us, they should just implement them and we should follow them without question!

  5. David (jacc) on February 15th, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    It seems to me that a little consistancy would be nice. The city should be draconian and tow everyone necessary or have a parking ban every year. Or something else, but there’s something to be said for clear expectations.

  6. Matt (unregistered) on February 15th, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    I always call cars in that are abandoned. People love to park their car with 2 flat tires and expired tabs for months at a time in front of my house.

    I like that those cars get swept up, but the laws are pretty ridiculous. Did you know that anybody who leaves their car parked for more than 48 hours qualifies for towing? How is that for Draconian laws?

  7. David (jacc) on February 15th, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    When I lived on 36th and Harriet a parking cop would mark wheels with chalk every day, after two days in the same place the car would be ticketed and towed. It made for difficult times when a roomie would leave town, but we made due. Don’t even get me started on the last place in Mpls I lived, 16th and Portland. Try having visitors when it’s permit parking only, yet some cars would be abandoned for weeks. Life in the high denisty city is always a hassle when it comes to cars.

    I was estatic the first time I had a drive way.

  8. Matt (unregistered) on February 15th, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    Now that is ****ed up!

  9. TT (unregistered) on February 17th, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    WARNING!!! Do NOT park on EVEN sides of Grand Ave S or Bryant Ave South of Lake Street, even though they are snow emergency streets. They are ticketing and towing without any notice and barely a sign!

  10. Sarah (unregistered) on February 19th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    What if I don’t live in Minneapolis and got a ticket for the Winter Ban? Because there is no signage…Do you think I will be able to fight it or am I just screwed.

  11. David (unregistered) on February 20th, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    @Sarah – You’re probably SOL according to the law, but if you have the time to go to court they’ll probably cut you some sort of break. Also, it often helps just to give a call to the court clerk. They have the power to reduce fines.

  12. Amanda (unregistered) on March 5th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Duluth DOES do a great job with snow removal! Nowhere else I’ve lived has performed even close.

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