Minne Lusa School and a half dozen home owners share Ida street east of 30th. But frustration parks between them every school day and the final bell.
Homeowner Tom Cullen says, “I worry someone having a heart attack, a kid gets hurt or a house catches fire that the fire trucks can’t get through.”
The grade school has no parking lot. Constructing a parking lot would take precious playground space. So teachers and staff park on both sides of the street.
500 students attend Minne Lusa and the end of the day Ida Street is clogged as most parents park in the street. Principal Matt Piechota says, “If there’s an emergency I believe we can quickly get our traffic moving because we’re asking parents don’t get out of their cars.” But neighbors say they see that happening all the time.
The school has added a cone zone with one side for parking the other driving through.
The city also installed no parking signs at the start of the one way street so traffic doesn’t clog when parents drive through to pickup children.