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Citizens, shop owners want no part of parking meters on St. Paul's Grand Ave.

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On a historic street like St. Paul's Grand Avenue, parking meters might stick out.

But that's not the only reason the picturesque shopping district's fans and business owners are up in arms over the city's plan to introduce paid parking.

According to the Pioneer Press, "angry" citizens showed up to vent their frustrations to city officials at a public meeting Tuesday night, carrying signs that read simply, "NO."

The main complaints at the meeting – which attracted about 200 people – were that the meters would hurt business on Grand, and lead to bothersome parking "spillover" for nearby streets and communities, the paper says.

“Can you imagine having to pay $2 in a parking meter to come in to buy a $4 to $5 ice cream cone? It doesn't make sense," Grand Ole Creamery owner Gary Huffman said to WCCO.

The pilot program the city is proposing does indeed call for $2-per-hour parking during the day, which would be relaxed to $1 per hour during evening hours, the station points out.

For their part, St. Paul officials say the meters would generate as much as $400,000 in revenue per year and help control "the sometimes chaotic parking scene," FOX 9 writes.

WCCO says the City Council will vote on the matter in October.

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