Yellow lines mysteriously appear in legal parking zones

A business owner on this street (8th) complained to the city about these yellow lines being painted in legal parking zones. According to the business owner when he questioned the person painting them, they said they were NOT with the city and a private citizen. I hope to have an answer from the city as to how this happened 1) without notice to area businesses and 2) how a private citizen can paint yellow fire zone lines on taxpayer owned property.


#1 anonymous on 08.19.19 at 12:03 pm

Who did the pedestrian crossing at this location?

If this is a legitimate crossing for pedestrians, why does it not mirror the crossing done on Phillips Avenue (by The Diner)?

#2 l3wis on 08.19.19 at 12:22 pm

I’m guessing this was the same group who decided to paint Augie basketball courts all over DT, which BTW are ugly as sin and didn’t use permanent traffic paint.

#3 Michael L. Wyland on 08.19.19 at 1:28 pm

I’m told that the nonprofit Downtown Sioux Falls (DTSF) did the crosswalk, and that there are a few similar ones in other parts of downtown. It’s an experiment.

It’s less clear who painted the stripes on the curbs. My barber was up in arms about this last week, saying it takes parking away from his established business.

#4 Matthew Paulson on 08.19.19 at 2:12 pm

This is right in front of my office. DTSF definitely did the crosswalk, not sure about those yellow painted lines though. People park there all the time though and they are definitely legal parking spots.

#5 theresa stehly on 08.19.19 at 2:14 pm

I was contacted by Jerry’s Barbershop last Friday because he was getting no explanation from the Mayor’s office or street department. Thanks to Public Works Director Mark Cotter who told me this afternoon that he was going to personally look into it. I told him that letting private citizens randomly paint yellow lines on curbs in the right of way would set a troubling precedent. (Although I have been contacted by homeowners around the Event Center who would LOVE to use a little yellow curb paint and make parking next to their driveways illegal.)

#6 In need of more tacos! on 08.19.19 at 2:18 pm

It was most likely a failed Machiavellian plot to enhance parking fines in hopes of helping the SOS program.

#7 Where can a guy get some probable cause around here? on 08.19.19 at 2:28 pm

Somebody should give the cops in town some yellow paint so a guy knows where the “imaginary line” is.

(“Say, do you see that city employee over there?”….”All he does all day is fellow the police around town and paint yellow circles around them….”)

#8 Matthew Paulson on 08.19.19 at 3:48 pm

Emailed DTSF and they said it wasn’t them.
They thought the building manager did it to make a loading zone.

#9 dtsf on 08.19.19 at 3:57 pm

Since when does an organization like DTSF have jurisdiction over what happens with public streets?!!!

#10 l3wis on 08.19.19 at 4:17 pm

I heard it was a maintenance person from the 8th & RR building, which I find strange. Why would they want to limit parking?

#11 "'Extremely' Stable Genius" on 08.19.19 at 4:46 pm

The fact that someone would email an organization like DTSF about this is very telling. If you didn’t think a few run this town, then do you now?

#12 anominous on 08.22.19 at 8:11 am

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