TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you plan on using the new 10-story parking garage?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 12:45 p.m. CST; updated 4:22 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The new parking structure at Fifth and Walnut streets, at far left, has become one of the main features of the Columbia skyline. The garage opens Tuesday. This panoramic photo was made by digitally stitching together 16 different images using the design software program Adobe Photoshop. It was shot with the photographer standing on her car looking east from the corner of Garth Avenue and Walnut Street.

COLUMBIA — A new 10-story parking garage opened Tuesday at Fifth and Walnut streets.

Of 522 permit spaces in the garage, 115 are sold, Columbia Public Works spokeswoman Jill Stedem told the Missourian this week.


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Stedem said the city isn't worried about selling the remaining permits.

"We will over time," she said. "The garage hasn't even opened yet. Once the garage is open ... then we expect to sell more."

According to a previous Missourian report, the cost for permits is the same as at other city garages — $50 and $60 per month for uncovered and covered spots, respectively. Permits for reserved spaces cost $100 per month.

Do you plan on using the new parking garage?


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Corey Parks March 1, 2011 | 1:58 p.m.

I only go downtown for Shakespears and the Post Office.

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Derrick Fogle March 1, 2011 | 4:36 p.m.

Best new sightseeing experience in town! Come on up!

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Kaleb Rippstein March 1, 2011 | 4:59 p.m.

What's the deal with the ugly two-tone color? Make it all manila colored or all red-brick colored. It's disturbingly ugly.

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Derrick Fogle March 1, 2011 | 5:06 p.m.

The brick color that goes up part way, then the cream stone in a jagged pattern above that, is supposed to blend in with the city's skyline, and perhaps make the BORG appear a bit shorter than it really is.

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Ellis Smith March 1, 2011 | 9:51 p.m.

Only if I can park in one of the first four levels.

I suffer from vertigo.

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Tracy Greever-Rice March 1, 2011 | 10:39 p.m.

Was that picture taken in Boonville?

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Greg Allen March 2, 2011 | 10:35 p.m.

I'm looking forward to being able to take pictures from the top level. Not sure how many times you can do that and stay original, though.

Other than that, I'm used to walking the two miles to downtown to avoid looking for a parking space. It's good exercise, and mediates any effect from an ice cream cone once I get there.

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