It makes me a bit crazy, as a new downtown St. Paul retail business person, to hear Kathy Lantry compare us to Minneapolis (“Will St. Paul finally end the acrimony over parking meters on Grand Avenue?”) and remark, “You just have to cross the river, and Minneapolis has meters everywhere. Commercial districts have not been harmed, and I don’t know that Uptown would be considered lousy.”
Minneapolis has an existing vibrant retail life, and St. Paul does not. You can charge people all you like when you have something they want, but until you have established that need the city should give the retail community every opportunity possible to draw folks downtown.
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