There's jumping the gun and then there's shooting yourself in the foot with it. Last night, I posted this submission as an example of your basic Boston snow space saver. In fact, as folks point out in the comments, the cones were there before the snow to warn people away from a plate covering some utility work.
No points added to the score for creativity for this Everett Street spot, but the judges awarded bonus points for throwing down a chair and a bucket in a space that wasn't fully cleared, as Christopher shows us.
Mayor Walsh announced today that the cost of parking at a meter in the Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront will jump Jan. 3 in a program to see if raising prices can reduce congestion along local curbs. Read more.
UPDATE: Post corrected to show the T turned down the idea.
According to the News, the developer said it's not really his issue what happens to the people who park there now, but that he met with the T, which turned down his possible suggestion of using space at the "temporary" bus yard for car parking.
Seems Boston has this nifty little search tool that lets you type in a car's license-plate number and see when it was last towed (and to where).
Over on Boston Reddit, mac_question has been using the tool to follow the exploits of a 2017 Fiat sports car (no, that's not an oxymoron), whose owner keeps parking it haphazardly at Summer and High streets downtown. In the past three months, the car has been towed five times from that spot. Maybe it's still cheaper than a deeded parking space?
Bill Brett reports that first firefighters had to get out of their truck yesterday and move the damn thing because they couldn't make the turn since it was parked way too close to the intersection.
Then a tow truck came to pull the Prius C away. The end.
David Harris notes the advantage of having a Smart Car in the city (note that the perpendicular Smart Car is right in front of a behemoth Mini Cooper).
The City Council today gave BTD approval to expand a Charlestown pilot project in which street-sweeping fines would go from $40 to $90 - but the city wouldn't tow any cars.
The council passed the measure only after including a provision that no neighborhoods get the changes regulation without a public hearing first. Read more.
Chistopher the roaming UHub photographer spotted these space savers at the ready at Armington and Islington streets in Allston this afternoon.
Mayor Walsh wants to expand a pilot program in Charlestown in which the city increased the fine for curbside parking on street-sweeping days from $40 to $90 and in exchange stopped towing cars whose owners left them there anyway. Read more.
The East Boston Times-Free Press reports the city has approved a resident permit system for the East Boston neighborhood; reports that among the opponents are the owners of Rinoâ€™s Place, who wonder where their customers will park now.
People keep calling in and posting complaints to 311 about space savers. A concerned citizen files a report on Church Street in Dorchester:
The city has removed space savers on this street and these residents just keep putting more out.
The city of Boston displays some of the cones, trash cans and other space-saver detritus now piling up at a public-works yard as city crews continue to collect space savers that weren't supposed to be put out.
Presumably, the growing pile will melt by mid-July, no doubt aided by whatever's behind that radiation sticker on the dumpster.
Despite what the city was telling at least one Brighton resident, people didn't have 48 hours for saving a space they'd marked. Jenna spotted this DPW truck on O Street in South Boston this afternoon with the bed full of cones and other items people had used as space savers.
Gordon Bedford wonders if the city will use all the cones for a Burning Man-like structure and set it ablaze.
You may recall how, on Thursday, the city announced there was no snow emergency and don't even think of putting out space savers (then repeated the message as the snow began to fall yesterday), let alone for the post-emergency 48 hours.
S. Starr witnessed this space-saving toilet placed on Trenton Street before the snow really started this morning.
The city of Boston tweets:
No parking ban has been declared. There should be no space savers on our City's streets.
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