That's standard operating procedure when it comes to changes in street parking. "It's a request of the property owner," says Suelmann. "If you own a business and you request no parking or any parking restrictions in front of your establishment, we will do that. I guess St. Louis U. owns all that over there. The ordinance allows us to do that at the request of the owner."
In the "President's Monthly Message #4," e-mailed on Aug. 3, Biondi states that the ban on street parking "was not done, as another SLU rumor has suggested, to force students and employees to participate in the Parking Program." Oh, no. Biondi insists it was so that neighboring residents would not have to "hunt" for parking places and also to bolster pedestrian and vehicular safety. The flaw in that logic is that several "No Parking" streets don't have any homes at all and some employees will be parking farther away, thereby compromising their "safety."