So apparently the South End is banning the use of spot savers during snowstorms this winter. After a successful pilot program last winter initiated by the South End Forum (an organization of businesses and neighborhood groups, it’s been decided that spot savers will not be allowed to hold a parking spot no matter what. It’s a zero tolerance policy. The South End will be the first neighborhood in the city to ban this age old Boston custom and it has the mayor’s blessing.
According to an article written by Billy Baker in the Globe, one of the catch phrases of the anti-spot saver campaign is “we don’t do ‘dibs’ here.” “Dibs?” No one in Boston uses the word dibs in reference to a spot saver. That term originated in Chicago so right away it’s a red flag to us that someone new to town came up with this genius idea.
It’s optimistic to think that people will be civilized enough to shovel out a spot for hours after a giant Nor’Easter and then just happily give it up. In Southie, this is never gonna fly based on the following scenarios:
Boston was hit with a foot of snow, you spend a Saturday afternoon shoveling out your car. You leave to go food shopping and come back an hour later to find that a car with Connecticut plates is now in the spot.
After waking up early to be a responsible citizen, you shovel out your car before work. Upon returning from work, someone else is parked in the spot. The car remains there for two weeks.
You have a toddler and an infant. You shovel out your car that is parked on your block. You leave to drop kids at daycare and go to work. You return with kids in tow only to find that the spot is gone and the only available spot is four blocks away.
After the third snowstorm in a row in a week and a half, you spend hours shoveling out your car and leave the spot so clear of snow, you can see the asphalt. The jabroni with the big pick up truck who lives up the street just plows out of the spot without shoveling at all. Ironically, he ends up in the spot you shoveled out and are left with his spot. You shovel again.
Needless to say we can think of a million different scenarios where we’d like to think we’d be civilized and not get upset or annoyed but we are only human. Eventually, you will get pissed off enough that you will seriously consider retaliating. At the very least, write a strongly worded anonymous note left on a windshield.
We say to our neighbors in the South End, “Good luck! You are the most superior neighborhood in the city of Boston! You win!” As for Southie, we’ll stick with the old school way of marking our territory and battling it out all winter long. Let the games begin!
Need a refresher on the rules? Here they are!
What do you think? Should we give up spot savers or keep them?