A Sign of Booming Times
North Dakota is booming. Agriculture, oil and energy jobs have people flocking to our great state. At the same time, Bismarck’s downtown is becoming more active and vibrant than ever. Which leads us to a problem…
There is nowhere to park.
I love to go shop downtown, but frankly, parking is a hassle. I’m a walker though, and in summer months I’ve been known to walk the mile or so form my home to downtown Bismarck. When we visit downtown as a family during the summer months, we pony up and pay a few bucks to park in a parking garage. Yes, we have to walk a few more steps, but if we will be downtown for more than a half hour or so, it makes sense.
As of Monday, April 2, 2012, the city of Bismarck is enforcing a no-re-parking law. Recently, many people have been skirting the 90 minute parking law by simply moving their car to a different spot on the block. This really does not free up parking. I suspect that many of our streetside parking spots are occupied not by business patrons, but by employees.
As a consumer, I don’t mind walking a block or two to enjoy our downtown. I’d prefer to leave the convenient spots ofr our elderly population, or for people just running into a business to pick up a trophy, or pay an invoice or grab a cup of coffee.
My question is this: Can downtown businesses spring for parking passes for their employees so that they can utilize our parking garages, and can downtown Bismarck employees sacrifice an extra few moments of their day to park a bit farther from work?
Perhaps by walking a bit more each day we will have a healthier Bismarck, and by opening up street side parking for those who really need it, we can have an even more vibrant downtown!
For more information on the new parking law visit the City of Bismarck Website.