From Tuesday through Thursday of this week, Boston's 311 system received 753 complaints about space savers, including this one from Russell Street in Charlestown:
PWD had taken the space savers away earlier however people have put out new ones
The city responded:
We are continuing to remove space savers both DPW and Sanitation. We both are trying to get them all and will continue to do so. Thank you for your patience! -
The city used the same response for dozens of other complaints - often accompanied by before and after photos of streets in time of snow wars - although in the case of the Russell Street complaint, it added a photo of pickup loaded with space savers:
A resident urged fast action at Burt and Washington streets in Dorchester:
Constituent reports there has been a war on her street over space savers and she'd like them all picked up to end it once and for all.
A resident of Holworthy Street in Roxbury pleaded for similar action:
chairs, tables, cones, barrels, constituents don't believe ban is over and are fighting for spaces. Could turn violent.
One resident of East 3 Street in South Boston complained about getting unfairly blamed for moving a neighbor's space saver:
i not move her space saver, she spoke to me very angrily accusing me that i did! Parked anyway but now the barrells are back after leaving.
People who depend on help from others complained, as did one resident of Ruthven Street in Roxbury:
Constituent is elderly and her nurse can't come to her house and help her.
At least one Dorchester resident filed a complaint about the people filing complaints:
All these people complaining about space savers. If your ass was out there shoveling for several hours after working 10 hours a day. U would have a space saver too! Stop the complaining already!
Ed. note: Yes, the map at the top cuts off the southern third of the city. Not a slight; just there were relatively few complaints from there.