0.9 min readBy Published On: January 4th, 2017Categories: Features19 Comments on Resident Parking Restriction Situation

Dear City of Boston,

Why on earth would you have resident parking 7 days a week in City Point in South Boston but not enough Boston Transportation Department staff to enforce it.  This has us scratching our heads and wondering what’s the point.

Here is a complaint and response on the 311 App regarding the above situation:

What the heck?  Why isn’t BTD working on weekends and holidays?  No one is working in South Boston?  That doesn’t seem right.  And until we have people working on weekends and holidays the resident parking restrictions will be violated.  And to suggest that a resident call 911 is absolutely ridiculous.  I mean we know the parking situation in Southie is in crisis mode but come on!  It’s hardly an emergency.  

The City of Boston needs to get on the same page.  We can’t have 7 Day Resident Parking and not have enforcement.  It doesn’t make sense.  Until we start ticketing, towing, fixing the MBTA or thinking outside the box we will be forever have a parking crisis in South Boston.


  1. Al January 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Let’s not forget the double parking all over SB. Just because flashing lights are on doesn’t make double parking legal. Very inconsiderate. Where is the enforcement?

    • The Dude January 4, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      If you are complaining about double parking, you must be a yuppie! DP outside a business, bank or home where you can see your car should not be grounds for a ticket!

      • Al January 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Sorry Dude. Not a yuppie at all.

        Please let me know where it says you are entitled to double park if you can “see your car”. Your are trying to justify inconsiderate behavior to the cars and buses that are trying to drive the streets. Just because you are banking or getting your PS coffee does not give you the right to block traffic and force vehicles to wait through multiple lights

        I do believe they have names for where you can legally park a car –a parking space or a parking lot. It is not parking in the middle of the street.

        • I'm with al January 5, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

          Earlier tonight I watched a fire truck with its lights and siren have to sit for almost 5 minutes beeping because someone blocked the street by double parking. A car could have slipped past but not an ambulance or this fire truck. It’s not just inconsiderate. It’s dangerous.

        • Kyle January 5, 2017 at 4:21 am - Reply

          So if I bring the kids home or went food shopping should I park six blocks away and lug everything home? No, I’m gonna double park as long as needed. Too many people park like clowns and leave 6 foot gaps between cars.

      • Maureen January 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        I am not a yuppie , far from it, and yes double parking is an offense.

  2. Not into it January 4, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Completely disagree with 7 day resident parking. It prevents residents from having friends/family visit. With a big selling point of these ridiculously overpriced condos being “outdoor space for entertaining,” it would be a shame to not be able to share it with the ones you love.

    • Melissa January 5, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply


    • Maureen January 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      totally agree.. that is when family/friends come to visit… stupid rule… I think Bill LInehan started that one!

  3. Jeanine January 5, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    While it would be great for friends and family to be able to park while they visit, it would be even better if residents could actually park in a three block radius of their homes. 7 day a week parking should be throughout Southie, not just in the Point!

  4. Tom c January 5, 2017 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Why on earth would anyone want meter maids and tow trucks terrorizing our neighborhood. I, for one, do not miss that.

    • Will January 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      If you are parked here legally with a resident sticker why wouldn’t you want them? It would stop people who know that the resident sticker policy isn’t enforce from stop taking up spots!

      Also the 7 day a week resident only parking in City Point is a joke! If they don’t ticket the signs mean nothing!

      311 is a joke, submitted a illegally parked car (blocking a cross walk and no resident sticker) received a notice from 311 that the car was ticketed, when to check the car, no ticket. Resubmitted with the 311 clearance, 30 mins later 311 reports area is clear and closed it out, went back to check, car still there.

  5. Donna January 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    There should be resident parking 24/7 throughout South Boston. The weekends used to be great in the neighborhood. Now the party-goers start to come on Friday evening and Saturday nights are the worst. The bars/restaurants on Broadway fill up and the cars belonging to their patrons are filling the streets in the neighborhood. I love to have visitors as well. I tell them to take a cab or an uber over. The parking situation is the one thing that makes living here so hard. The stress and anxiety when driving around for close to an hour some nights is becoming unbearable. Time to bite the bullet on behalf of the residents and go to 24/7 resident parking for ALL of South Boston, not just the lucky area up the point.

  6. Kevin January 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I’m just wondering why City Point has this ‘pilot’ program. Why not the entire neighborhood? It’s been something like three plus years for this.
    It’s time to make this a neighborhood wide program.
    Down the Lower End there’s quite a number of nonresidents parking in the neighborhood taking spaces from the people who actually live here. Especially on weekends.

  7. Bob January 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Maureen,

    Would love to get a little clarification here. I thought the 7-Day parking restriction in City Point was only a pilot program that ended back in 2014. I was always under the impression that the city was simply too lazy to change all the signs back once they had changed them to “Every Night” for the pilot. Are we sure that City Point does indeed carry a 7-day resident parking restriction? If so, I’ve been giving friends and family some very bad advice in the form of “oh, don’t pay any attention to the parking signs…”. Thanks for the insight!

    For reference: http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=14793


    • Maureen Dahill January 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, as of now – as far as I know – it’s still in effect. If the signs are up it’s still in effect. It was my understanding it was going to be permanent and then spread throughout the neighborhood. I’m going to reach out to Bill Linehan’s office for confirmation. Stay tuned.

  8. Maureen January 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Maybe the pols and the developers could have more spaces for new developments on every corner.. because that certainly does not help the parking situation!.. could build up on the lot at Perkins square.. even if there were a charge for parking it would help … instead they give spots to Enterprise rent a car….??

    • Jay January 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      The parking in Perkins Sq is often proposed as an idea, but it just isn’t feasible. When you factor in ramps and whatnot, you would have to build a zillion story garage to have a meaningful increase. That’s not just my opinion – I asked an architect as well.

  9. Old time southie January 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I have lived in Southie all my life. Back in the 60’s and 70’s and even into the 80’s parking was NOT a major issue in the neighborhood. But now with the “changes” in our community we must change with the times..After 10:00 am and before 6:00 pm WEEKDAYS And ALL WEEKEND neighborhood is used as a FREE PARKING LOT for NON-RESIDENTS!! While the people ( including yuppies) who have resident parking stickers ride around lookin for a parking spots. SOLUTION: If you live in the neighborhood and are having GUEST over, HAVE THEM EITHER TAKE A UBER. USE PUBLIC TRARANSPORTATION OR PARK THEIR CAR IN A PARKING LOT ( their are a few in SOUTHIE,..”A” Street, seaport area) and have the resident pick them up at the lot..ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!

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