Odd and even parking in St. Paul

snowy street
Snowy street in St. Paul – cars parked on the odd side during a snow emergency

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Most years I make fun of daylight savings time on the Friday before daylight savings time kicks in. It is always a worthy topic. Reminding people about daylight savings time is big among real estate agents.

I am going to skip it this year and write about odd/even parking. This winter has been a disaster. We have had a lot of snow and I can’t ever remember a time when the city did such a crappy job plowing.

St. Paul residents don’t make it easy. The street I live on has not been plowed curb to curb this season because of parked cars. They are supposed to move. The city has towed hundreds of cars and issued hundreds of tickets but that doesn’t get the street plowed. The streets seem to get narrower and narrower.

Starting at 8:00 AM today Friday, March 10, 2023, and ending on April 15th parking will not be allowed on the even side of the street in St. Paul. Theoretically, half of the street can be plowed if all of the cars are on one side.

That will make it easier for emergency vehicles too. Personally, I don’t believe that everyone will get the message or that everyone who gets the message will understand it. In fact, I will be surprised if more than half of the cars park on the odd side of the street.

In the good old days, last year, there was a schedule for plowing the odd side and then the even side of the side streets. It worked until it didn’t work. Let the games begin and as always may the odds be ever in your favor if you need a place to park.

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