The Public Works Department is alerting residents in the two neighborhoods now that in many cases there street-sweeping schedules will be changing in April. In a notice to JP residents, the department says:
The goal of the alterations is to provide mechanical street sweeping services to more closely follow your residential trash collection day. Currently, some portions of Jamaica Plain have to wait several days for street sweeping following residential trash and recycling collection. ... This will alleviate much of the litter generated by the weekly residential trash collection in a faster and more efficient manner.
A similar change will affect parts of Dorchester.
Anybody who gets a parking ticket in Boston today, tomorrow or Saturday can pay for it with a toy, specifically, "a non-violent, unwrapped toy of equal or greater value than the ticket fine."
Sorry, hydrant parkers and handicap-space violators, the city's annual Toys for Tickets program excludes you, as well as people caught double-parking or in crosswalks or fire lanes.
An irate citizen files a complaint from Sutherland Road:
Tons of ILLEGALLY PARKED out of state cars taking up spots from people that are from here. This has been an endless problem. Please tow the cars that keep taking the spots that are supposed to be for people that actually live here!!!
J Goodell reports:
What appears to be cookie dough has been smeared on all the parking meters on Hereford between Beacon and Marlborough.
Remember when people only saved spaces in the winter? An aggrieved citizen reports from Samoset Street in Dorchester:
More parking cones. Doesn't seem to be getting the message.
An aggrieved citizen reports on somebody using a traffic cone to save a space on Samoset Street in Dorchester.
Why dies this man insist in using a privilege not allowed others?
Why indeed? The city promptly marked the case closed, after reporting the cone was removed for disposal.
In response to a citizen complaint about a neighbor constantly using a traffic cone to claim a space on Weld Hill Street in Forest Hills, a city DPW inspector reports:
I sent an inspector to this location, they reported back that the cones are not there now. We will keep patroling the area periodically so we can try and confiscate the cones.
Dave Ahern looked out the window of his Dorchester home to see what a thin coating of snow means. He used the hashtag #yougottabekiddin
Citizen complaint of the day: EMTs shouldn't have to run half a block because parked cars block their ambulanceBy adamg - 12/9/11 - 9:48 am
A disgusted citizen reports on an incident on Queensbury Street in the Fenway yesterday:
Today an ambulance was stuck because a 55 bus was turned off, and the parked cars on the other side prevented the ambulance from passing. The EMTs started running the remaining half-block to their call while the bus driver pulled his bus away from the stop to give the ambulance room to maneuver. Do three measly parking spots earn #Boston so much money that these kinds of risks are necessary?
A vigilant citizen finds space savers on Rosemary Street in Jamaica Plain somewhat disconcerting on a day when the temperatures reached into the 60s and there's nary a flake on the ground.
Citizen complaint of the day: Southie not about to let some upstart like JP steal its crown as space-saving capital of AmericaBy adamg - 9/29/11 - 5:47 pm
Somebody who thinks saving a space on a public street is a problem reported this pre-snow space saver on F Street in South Boston.
Of course, the wily spacesaving Southie resident removed the chair before a city DPW worker could do so.
A vigilant citizen reports somebody at Liberty Wharf is using the bike lane on Northern Avenue for valet parking, to which the city replies, oops, nothing we can do, that's Massport territory.
How is Boston bucking this global-warming thing? A vigilant citizen reports somebody was saving a space on Saratoga Street with a cinder block.
Today's complaint of the day comes from Danforth Street, where somebody keeps saving a space with a chair and an apparently unidentifiable pink-and-purple thing.
Vigilant smartphone-wielding citizen snaps a shot of a car with California plates in a resident-only space on Pembroke Street in the South End:
Nice guy with a nice BMW. Deserves ticket.
A vigilant citizen files a complaint from Kilsyth Road in Brighton:
Space saver, traffic cones and barrel. seriously. In july. When its 90 degrees.
A vigilant citizen reports somebody on Philbrick Street in Roslindale is using cinder blocks to mark off a parking space.
A citizen reports from Philbrick Street in Roslindale:
Several parking spots held by cat litter containers and a saw horse.
Ryan Daley captured the scene on on W. 4 Street at D this morning. In your face, JP!
Filed on Citizens Connect today from JP:
Space savers on Atherton St. in JP with no snow on the ground. Really?
Guess some people REALLY love their parking spots.