Even though spot savers in the South End have been banned, the neighborhood is experiencing vandalism over the custom of marking a spot after shoveling post snowstorm. So much so a space saver vandalism fund has been started.
The Boston Herald is reporting that a single mom got two of her tires slashed by someone evidently upset by her taking a spot after a snowstorm in December. She ended up needed two new tires costing her almost $500. The neighborhood is actively working to raise funds to help her out. A Go Fund Me for Spot Saver Vandalism has been started.
A similar fund was started back in 2017, paying more than $2,000 worth of property damage claims related to space saver vandalism. The South End began banning the use of space savers back in 2015….yes, the same winter as Snowmageddon.
The neighborhood is blaming lack of awareness of the ban of space savers for residents new to the neighborhood. South End resident and neighborhood activist Steve Fox told the Herald, “We let our guard down a little bit, and haven’t done the kind of awareness campaign we should, given new people who have moved in.”
The rest of the neighborhoods in the City of Boston allows the use of space savers for 48 hours after a snow emergency. Here’s a refresher on the unofficial rules for saving a spot after a snowstorm.
The annual never-ending argument over space saving rears its ugly head and here are Peter G’s thoughts on the topic – including the South End’s ban.