Parking

By - 2/17/17 - 10:56 am
Where the space saver complaints come from: South Boston, East Boston, Charlestown

Hot spots for space-saver complaints, 2/14-2/16. Source. See it larger.

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: Read more.

By - 2/15/17 - 9:43 pm
Passive-aggresive parking note: Sorry you had to go to a funeral, but that's not reason to be a dick about it

Amanda happened upon this Cambridge space-saver note-on-a-stick tonight that was obviously in response to an earlier note posted on a car parked in a space.

By - 2/15/17 - 4:49 pm
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.

By - 2/15/17 - 9:56 am
Allston spacesaver

We're going to hope the Allston baby this belongs to has aged out of it, because thinking a parent would rip it away from a tot is just too horrible to imagine, especially a parent who clearly couldn't actually be bothered to clear out the space first. Zef spotted it on Comm. Ave. this morning.

By - 2/14/17 - 12:14 am
South Boston note threatening to slash person's tires

A newcomer to Boston, unfamiliar with our quaint ways, found this note on her car after parking in a space designated for visitors in South Boston on Monday.

In East Boston, though, they dispense with the pleasantries and just slash the tires right away.

By - 2/11/17 - 6:15 pm
Cambridge space saver

Guys, you can't just plop a chair down somewhere - you need to put some actual work into shoveling the space. People across the river, like RoadTrip New England, who took the photo today, can help with the basic rules of space saving.

By - 2/10/17 - 5:29 pm
Space saver and heater in Cambridge

Robert Alvarez spotted this on Bolster Street in Jamaica Plain today.

By - 2/9/17 - 8:36 pm

And you know what that means: Yep, residents can save their shoveled out spaces until 8 a.m. on Sunday - except in the South End, where space savers are banned, banned, banned. Also, parking will be OK on snow-emergency routes at 8:01 a.m.

By - 2/9/17 - 10:12 am
Brighton cone before and after

Around 7:15 a.m., Rory Nolan looked out the window in Brighton to see that somebody had put down a preventative space-saving cone. Nope, you gotta work for that cone, the city replied: Shortly before 10 a.m., the cone was gone.

By - 1/19/17 - 10:22 am
Protest against higher fees to park in the Back Bay

Somebody's going around the Back Bay taping protests to parking meters against the meter increase that went into effect on Jan. 3 as an experiment in demand pricing for parking. Scott Kennedy took the photo before he removed the tape on this meter and three others.

By - 1/3/17 - 2:04 pm

Boston's experiments in demand-based parking prices begins today.

Meanwhile, the default speed limit on Boston roads (so parkways, interstates not included) drops from 30 to 25 mph on Jan. 9.

By - 12/29/16 - 10:42 pm

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.

By - 12/17/16 - 2:44 pm
Space saver on Everett Street in East Boston

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.

By - 12/1/16 - 2:29 pm

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.

By - 12/1/16 - 9:36 am

UPDATE: Post corrected to show the T turned down the idea.

Jamaica Plain News reports on a neighborhood meeting on a developer's plans to turn the 300-car Laz parking lot across from Forest Hills into a 252-unit apartment complex.

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.

By - 11/29/16 - 11:13 am

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?

By - 10/26/16 - 1:47 pm

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.

By - 10/8/16 - 3:07 pm
Smart Car in Copley Square

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).

By - 4/1/16 - 12:57 pm
Wad of tickets

A concerned citizen reports on a car that has been sitting on Gates Street "for weeks without moving" (see earlier report) - but whose owner seems a bit put out by the parking tickets he or she keeps getting. Time for a little hook action, the citizen urges.

By - 3/23/16 - 1:12 pm

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.