When I moved to Des Moines nearly five years ago, my biggest gripe was the parking situation. It was unreal to me that we still had to use quarters to park!!!! And don't get me started on the backin in at a 45 degree angle! Just kidding. Sort of.
The city has moved to modernize parking in recent years and they are finally putting the finishing touches on parking kiosks in all of downtown. The last of the parking kiosks are being put in around East Village right now. The parking kiosks allow you options for parking. You can still use quarters, or credit or the app!
And there is word that many parking garages around downtown Des Moines will soon allow you to park on the Park DSM app!!! Hurray!