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North Saint Paul Parking Analysis.

Hayes, Kallen, Lexi Prahl, Janelle Shoemake, Pa Thao.

Produced by students in PA 5511: Community Economic Development, fall 2013 (Instructor Bob Streetar, Humphrey School of Public Affairs) as part of the 2013-2014 Resilient Communities Partnership with the City of North St. Paul. 

After several iterations of its efforts to revitalize the downtown district, the city of North Saint Paul has identified the following goal: increase the number of visitors to its downtown areas, including those who come by car, bike, foot, or public transit. This project is an analysis of the current parking supply in the downtown area, and location relative to current and future needs. This report aims to provide the following:

  • An inventory current parking supply and demand.
  • An estimation of future parking supply and demand.
  • Identification of best parking practices for downtown/retail districts.
  • Recommendations for parking modifications.

In addition to a parking inventory, surveys of residents, motorists, and business owners were conducted to get a broad picture and understanding of current parking conditions in the downtown area. Eight themes arose from the inventory and surveys. The literature along with the recurring themes informed our recommendations for improvements in the listed areas below:

  • Transit
  • 45-Degree Angle parking
  • Safety
  • Wayfinding
  • Enforcement
  • Expansion

The recommendations provided within this report are beneficial only if implemented by North Saint Paul. Further promotion and resource dedication to the short and long term recommendations provided is necessary to see changes in the downtown’s parking environment.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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