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Published June 07, 2012, 07:04 PM

Parking changes coming to 8th street south in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the most historic streets in downtown Fargo will soon have a new look. Eight street, just south of Main Avenue is about to witness a change in how you park next to the flourishing businesses there.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the most historic streets in downtown Fargo will soon have a new look. Eight street, just south of Main Avenue is about to witness a change in how you park next to the flourishing businesses there.

When the city fathers laid out the streets in Fargo few ever guessed red velvet cupcakes and crème brulee would be the big draw on 8th street. Parking on 8th street south of Main is an issue that now has an answer. More spots.

As customers arrive early in the morning to Nichole’s for coffee and a treat, chances are they were able to snag a coveted parking spot on 8th street south. For decades, people have used parallel parking on 8th street, just south of Main. But shortly, the city will install striping for diagonal parking on the west side of 8th street. Parallel will continue on the east side.

Nichole Hensen – Nichole’s Fine Pastries: “Better use of space I think with parallel because the spots are not actually marked. We park where we see room and where we fit, so if we can do diagonal that is one benefit to do that.”

Exposed brick on 8th street a distant reminder of when and why these streets were built back in the day; horse and carriage, turn of the century cars. So today there’s an effort to meet consumer demand of shopping the small businesses downtown, but hoping for a close in and out parking spot. Just ask Evelina Shindieva of Roza's Alterations.

Evelina Shindieva – Roza’ Alterations: “The first thing I think about for my customers is, ‘where are they going to park?’ I want them to be able to park in front of my business.”

The request for more parking on 8th street did not come from Fargo city officials. but businesses here along 8th street who are witnessing a positive increase in traffic and business.

The city has a contractor on board to put striping in soon. It won't be long until the change is made, allowing for more customers here on this old stretch of downtown.

Another change for this street is now removal. With diagonal parking city crews will have to use front end loaders, not plow and blade for getting rid of snow.

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