Lots of Parking in Minneapolis
May 29, 2013 1 Comment
A reporter asked: How much parking is there in Minneapolis? This is not a question for which there is a well-sourced answer.
Downtown Parking: There are nearly 25,000 parking spaces in 38 parking lots and ramps throughout downtown,
In the City there are 7000 metered spaces:
Minneapolis Municipal Parking System has 17 parking ramps and 7 lots
These Ramps and Lots encompass over 20,000 parking spaces. (Subtracting this from the first estimate suggests only 5,000 parking spaces are private).
Outside of downtown requires estimating.
On street-unmetered parking? The City has 1100 miles of street . (I think this excludes state and county roads, I am not sure about park roads, but this is most of them). My guess is 200 spaces per mile (@ ~26 feet per car). If there were no “no parking restrictions” this gives 220,000 on-street spaces (The vast majority of which are unmetered).
Off-street private parking. There are 155,155 households. If each one has 1 off-street space (some have 2 or 3, some have 0), that would be 155,155 off-street spaces in residential areas. I would guess based on national data about twice as many in commercial areas. Roughly every car has to have a space at home, work, and shop.
In short there are lots of parking.
Does anyone have a better estimate?