MINNEAPOLIS - A southwest Minneapolis community is thriving after several new restaurants moved in, but the added competition has also created a parking problem for customers and nearby residents.
Hands were busy in the kitchen on Friday evening at The Harriet Brasserie on 2724 W 43rd St. but outside parking is often limited.
"It would be a dream come true for to get an open or public parking lot for all of the businesses in the neighborhood," Amanda Jacobson said. "Parking is our biggest complaint."
Jacobson said she does her best to keep customers happy at the Linden Hills restaurant, but sometimes folks never make it inside because they can't find a place to park. She said it is extremely difficult for people who use wheelchairs.
"We do have customers who have questions with accessibility," she said. "It can be very challenging from folks to get to the building from the street."
Many residents in the neighborhood welcome the booming businesses and restaurants, but aren't thrilled with their neighborhood turning into a parking lot.
"People come out and park here late at night and they stand here and talk," Laurie Bushbuam said from the driveway of her Linden Hills home.
Bushbuam said the noise often interrupts her sleep. The biggest challenge she and her family face is exiting their driveway.
"Sometimes it gets hard because people park right up to the edges of the driveway and we can't get out," she said. "We have to remind people that they can't park right up to the driveway and that they have to leave four feet."
Casper Hill, a spokesperson with the city of Minneapolis, said city officials are constantly trying to find ways to balance the need for residents versus having a growing city.
Bushbuam and her neighbor, John Bellaimey said they appreciate the no parking signs the city installed near their homes. The sign is marked by a red flag. Bellaimey says at one point, the overcrowding made it difficult for drivers to see small children at play. Bellaimey, who grew up in Detroit, said the booming business is a catch-22.
"We have no idea how tough things can be. We are so lucky in Minneapolis to have all of this development and the population increasing," Bellaimey said. "There are just so many cars. We have a bunch of stores at the corner and there aren't enough parking spaces right there so people spill out into the neighborhood."
Residents and several business owners said they aren't opposed to a parking structure that blends well with the area.