South Boston no country for old cones

Boston public-works pickup truck full of space savers

Whilst Ubering about town, roving UHub photographer Frank K. spotted this Public Works pickup full from a de-space-savering run through South Boston today.

The city also replied to this complaint about a space-saver-laden Princeton Street in East Boston with a cheery:

Space savers on Princeton St were reported to Public Works and they were out collecting this morning. Thank you.

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When I first read the post, I thought it said "a deep-space-savering run," which would have been cool.

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They chase down the trucks

And write newspaper articles about it!

At least they did that a few years ago ... reported as if it were the crime of the century!

The local Southie Uberalles newspaper isn't written by newcomers, either.

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What are the rules?

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I've had a car for all of 3 weeks so I am pretty clueless, but I thought space savers were allowed 48 hours after the end of a snow emergency, which would have been 8pm tonight?

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Oh Bob

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Do we really need to keep on going over this?

The ordinance to which you refer covers the general rental of public spaces by private parties. The snow rule, or properly the Menino Rule, only covers spaces shoveled out after snowstorms, and only for 48 hours.

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The ordinance is quite clear

"No entity other than the City of Boston and any of its departments or designees shall have the authority to sell, lease, reserve (emphasis mine), or facilitate the reserving of any street, way, highway, road, or parkway, or any portion thereof, under the City of Boston's control"

I don't know how it could be any more clear: reserving spaces is illegal.

The Mayor has announced that he's not going to enforce the law under certain condition. Whether that is or is not within his rights is above my pay grade.

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You know the intent of the law

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And that's what matters. And it has nothing to do with chairs out after a snow storm.

And the mayor stated that he would continue the policy of his predecessor, which was 48 hours after a snow emergency for a shoveled out space.

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Baker was aware of the space

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Baker was aware of the space saver situation when the Haystack ordinance was being deliberated. There was a reference to that in the Globe coverage.

This isn't like using a law from the 1700's to compel people to reveal their encryption keys.

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Oh, hey, thanks for the ammo

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Boston Globe, August 14, 2014

On Wednesday, District City Councilor Matt O'Malley of Jamaica Plain urged Meyer to suspend operations in Boston immediately. Another councilor, Timothy McCarthy of Hyde Park, scolded the 24-year-old entrepreneur for characterizing Haystack as a public service that merely shares information -- rather than sells city property -- and will help ease Boston's parking crunch.

"This is not about information sharing; this is about cash," McCarthy said. "So when you talk about God's work and helping the city address its parking problems, put that to rest."

Going by that background, Bob would have a point if people were shoveling out spaces and "renting" them to drivers, but they are not, so again, while I do understand that we are in the era of alternative facts, they wouldn't hold up in court.

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It is 48 hours after the end.

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It is 48 hours after the end...which was 8AM on Monday...so 8AM this morning.

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Nope. The purple box was

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Nope. The purple box was still sitting pretty on a snowbank around 7 pm.

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Deleted

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I can edit, but can I delete? Posted my comment on the wrong post.

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It's simple

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Just edit your comment to read (comment deleted). In the handful of times I've had to do this over the years, Adam is usually pretty good about deleting the revised comment in short order.

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Recycling Bins

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A lot of people in East Boston are using the big recycling bins supplied by the city as space savers. Is Public Works collecting those too?

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Using a trash can or

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Using a trash can or recycling bin is always one that leaves the workers scratching their heads. I'm guessing they don't collect them unless it's obvious they are only being used as a space saver.

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Good job

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Looks like I finally got rid of that barrel of asbestos.

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Hey

"Looks like I finally got rid of that barrel of asbestos."

Some folks know that you do as best as you can.

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This Mayor

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needs to go! Nothing but a huge disappointment!

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The real working class Mayor

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Ray Flynn could give two shits if you put out a space saver. He even rdrove around with the plow drivers.

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