Article and Photos by Ezra Van Den Einde, MSUM
Living in downtown Fargo, people may have problems finding spots to park near their homes, but a recent study says that there’s a surplus of empty pavement. What’s the name of the study and who conducted it?
Dick Herrig has been working the Fargo parking lots as an attendant for 14 years and says that if people are willing to walk a couple of blocks shouldn’t have problems finding a spot.
Herrig works a parking lot on NP Avenue, which is shared by the city of Fargo and adjacent business owners. He says, “It’s full to capacity… 90 percent or more have a monthly permit.”
Bob Nelson, works with Herrig, says, “We need a parking ramp to replace the one they tore down.” He added that the Island Park Ramp could accommodate more daily commuters, if they were willing to walk across the railroad tracks.
The downtown area has 11 city lots with monthly rates ranging from $50-$65. Six of the lots also have daily and hourly parking rates.
According to the city of Minneapolis website, rates for non-reserved monthly parking in can cost up to $203. Compared to Minneapolis, parking in downtown Fargo is one half to one third the cost, so people in Fargo should be happy with walking a couple of blocks or paying such a small cost to park downtown.
(Edited by Lauren Tollefson, MSUM multimedia journalism major).