A little topic of discussion for you to debate:
Is your orange cone still marking your territory or did you chuck your beach chair to free up your parking spot? 48 hours have come and gone since the last snow storm but clearly Southie residents are still saving spaces. We realize the 48 hour spot saver rule – implemented by Tom Menino as a way to keep the chaos somewhat manageable – is only a rule of thumb. The guideline is this: you can save your spot for 48 hours after a snow emergency ends. It’s not a law so really there’s no way to police it other than having a city worker remove the spot saver after the 48 hours are up. Right now, the City of Boston has bigger fish to fry with the giant mounds of snow they are trying to remove and improving our city streets.
Mayor Marty Walsh even respected the space saver in one of the many snow related press conferences. He urged neighbors to treat each other with respect and that in certain circumstances maybe 48 hours isn’t long enough. So is this one of those circumstances. After a baker’s dozen of snow storms and spending the equivalent of a week shoveling out your car, we wouldn’t dare move a spot saver? Residents are hanging on by a thread these days and it’s liable to incite a riot.
The South End implemented a ban on space savers this winter. They picked a doozy of a winter, right? So how’s that working out for that neighborhood? Exactly how you’d think – vandalism and unshoveled spots. If you can’t save your spot, why bother taking the time the shovel it? Car owners are just pulling out of the snow and leaving it. There are no neat and orderly igloos or snow barrier parking spots like in Southie. In the South End, drivers then just pull into the snow-covered spot on an angle all willy-nilly-like. It’s parking pandemonium.
An now it’s snowing again. It’s not a snow emergency situation and a parking ban has not been implemented but people are still protected the fruit of their shoveling labors with giant Barbie dolls and old vacuum cleaners. So when do we give them up? The fact of the matter is Southie is in parking crisis mode. The luxury of having your “own parking spot” clearly outweighs the 48-hour guideline. The spot saver improves the overall quality of life in Southie when it comes to parking. What do you think?