Go to most cities of comparable or larger size than the Lou, and you will find that a quarter in a parking meter will buy you fifteen minutes -- if you're lucky. Yet, pull your rig curbside on the action-packed Delmar Loop, on both sides of the University City border, and a quarter gets you anywhere from a half-hour (St. Louis side) to an hour (U. City). Some even still accept pennies
. Sure, many St. Louisans piss and moan about the dissipation of free street parking in the metro area, but, by the same token, so too does many a West Ender bitch about how the U. City end of the Loop gets a disproportionate amount of Joe Edwards' tender loving care. The solution? Jack the price of street parking up to the aforementioned, universally accepted standard; invest the money directly into extending Delmar revitalization east; and off we go! Breach the imaginary dividing line that separates the city and the county -- smack-dab in the heart of the Loop -- and let's work together. Annoying at first? Sure. But in a year or so, you'll forget it was ever a nuisance.