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Number of parking permits in La Crosse might be limited

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For every driver in La Crosse who complains that there’s never enough parking space downtown, city leaders point out that the ramps have many spaces available for sale.

A report presented Monday to the Board of Public Works suggested more than 2,000 permits for ramp parking are available. La Crosse parking coordinator Greg Elsen said that number is deceptive.

At the Main Street parking ramp, “we say that there’s 385 total permits available to sell,” Elsen said. “We’ve sold 382, so there’s like three available in that ramp.”

Elsen told the board that spaces in the Pine Street ramp are almost full, as well.

More spaces are open at the La Crosse Center and Market Square ramps, depending on how many employees are brought back to work in person at downtown businesses.

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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