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Parking woes continue in downtown La Crosse



City made $13,000 in February on ramps

Free parking is everywhere in downtown La Crosse right now, and it’s a problem for the business community.  

Downtown Mainstreet director Robin Moses told the city parking board – and new parking coordinator Jim Flottmeyer – Wednesday afternoon that people who work in the central city are taking up free spaces in lower levels of the ramps that should be left open for business customers.  

“If you go into the ramps in the early morning, most of those spaces are taken,” she said. “Whether they’re being taken by people who have other spaces within the ramp or whether they’re being taken by employees downtown. The result is that customers looking for spaces are having a harder time finding them.”

The city, which collected $13,000 from the ramps in February, still plans to keep the ticket gates in the ramps shut down until May. 

The parking board is still working on ways to prevent vandalism to the ticket gates, along with other areas of the ramps.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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