When the St. Armands Parking Garage was being debated, merchants were asking for more parking for their customers and employees, and residents were having a problem with parking abuses on residential streets (e.g. driveways were being blocked, mail carriers couldn't reach mailboxes, and emergency vehicles couldn't pass). The Residents Association agreed to support the parking garage in exchange for restricting on-street parking on the residential streets.
However, not all houses on St. Armands are mansions: many are smaller, single story houses on small lots with small driveways that can only accommodate one or two vehicles. Additionally, residents in the 50-unit Kingston Arms condominium building lost the free spaces used by their care-givers, service providers, contractors, and daytime guests. Adding metered parking there, and restricting on-street parking in general, inconvenienced many residents. The City keeping the parking free along N and S Blvd of Presidents was done in part to accommodate these residents.