You're supposed to put at least a little effort into your space saving

Space saving chair in Everett.

Boon Sheridan was amazed at this preemptive space saver in Everett this morning.

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Also in JP

Saw two on Rockview St in JP this morning, only thing disturbing the snow was the tire tracks as the car had driven out of them. Obnoxious since nearby Green St clears out for a snow emergency. From my experience in JP (only 3-4 years) space savers appear to have more to do with claiming a bit of sidewalk that anything else.

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From my experience in JP (only 3-4 years) space savers appear to have more to do with claiming a bit of sidewalk that anything else.

Seriously! Everyone's reasoning for space savers seems to be "Well, I put my blood sweat and tears into shoveling out that spot, I deserve my claim on a public street!" and then you see shit like this when clearly no one had to do any shoveling.

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City says no...

It seems the city is going to crack down on these based on the snow emergency phone call/email folks got last night (or at least, they're threatening to). Last storm, several people on my street were using them a week+ after the snow hit and we got that warm weather that melted a lot of it. Many never took their savers back inside either--just chairs, barrels, etc left on the sidewalk or in the street near the space.

Yep

Oh I agree. I've never seen any hauled away in my neighborhood. Although, my street doesn't get plowed quite as well as some others either, so I feel like there are also fewer city vehicles going around.

A solution?

The only solution I can figure, other than people acting like they are part of a community, is to implement street-sweeping-like (even/odd) parking arrangements for plowing 48 and 72 hours post storms. This solves both the space saver issue and the loss of spaces due to lazy shovelers putting snow in front and behind their cars (which is still in the street). This one is definitely going to get messy!

Snow Emergency - Watertown

Just got the robo-call from the Watertown police. What that means around here is that NO on-street parking is allowed and any vehicles on the street are subject to tow.

I realize you can't reasonably do that in Southie, where not every house has a driveway and parking is at a premium even without snowfall, but some of the other places with space saver problems might find it worthwhile to consider.

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