MINNEAPOLIS - The burgeoning popularity of Uptown Minneapolis is a bit of a mixed bag.
Businesses love the increased traffic, while residents hate the increased parking pressure and the difficulty it presents in finding a place to leave their car.
The battle for parking spaces is prompting an expansion of "permit only" critical parking areas for neighborhood residents to use.
The Minneapolis City Council has approved adding three streets to Uptown's critical parking areas. They are:
- Girard Avenue South, from 31st Street to 32nd Street. There will be permit-only parking on both sides of the street from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. throughout the week.
- West 31st Street, from Girard Avenue South to Fremont Avenue South. There will be permit-only parking on the south side of the street from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. throughout the week.
- Knox Avenue South, from Lake Street to 31st Street. There will be permit-only parking on both sides of the street from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week.
The critical parking areas are expected to become "permit only" on August 27. Residents can apply for a permit from the city. Any vehicle parked on these streets without a permit during the critical parking hours will be subject to a ticket and tow.
Uptown already has critical parking areas in effect. They cover both sides of Fremont Avenue and Emerson Avenue between Lake Street and 31st Street, and also the north side of 31st Street between Fremont and Emerson. Parking is not allowed on these streets from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. throughout the week, except by permit.
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