Chart of the Day: Downtown Saint Paul Parking Utilization

Last week I put up a chart from Saint Paul’s ongoing downtown parking study, showing the total number of on- and off-street spaces in downtown Saint Paul (28,700 or thereabouts). One of the other parts of the study was an analysis by staff, where they went around and counted how many of the spaces were used at different points of the day. Here are the results…


There’s also this handy map… this is the map showing the parking utilization at 6pm, after on-street meters “become free” downtown.


One of my burning questions is: how frequently to downtown meters “turn over” after 4pm? Finding data on questions like this is very difficult without smart meter technology.

Stay tuned; more to come!



Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.