Parking

Parking

By - 6/30/15 - 11:01 pm

I may be wrong but I think New Jersey has the same no parking in front of hydrant laws. I watch them park this car on Marlborough St and just walk away. At first I thought they would be quick (still not cool) but an hour later they came back to check on the car and left again!

By - 6/30/15 - 9:01 pm

A concerned citizen complains about a 128i parked too far from the curb on Gates Street in South Boston:

This BMW is parked like you would think a person driving a BMW would park.

By - 4/9/15 - 2:58 pm

Mayor Walsh today signed an ordinance raising the fines for parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park on game days from $40 to $100 - just one day after the City Council approved the idea.

The increased fine will remain in place through the end of the year - after which city officials will evaluate them to see if it worked to free up spaces for Fenway residents. The $100 tickets will be doled out to cars without resident stickers starting two hours before a game and ending two hours after.

By - 4/8/15 - 1:08 pm

The City Council today approved a proposal to increase the fines for non-residents parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park from $40 to $100 during Red Sox games.

Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents the neighborhood, said the measure should help residents with parking stickers who come home to find all the on-street spaces filled with Sox fans - many of whom find a $40 fine a decent price to pay for game parking.

The measure, which requires the mayor's approval, would run through Dec. 31 as a pilot program.

By - 4/6/15 - 2:38 pm
Eight hours of shoveling marked on a cone on Ruthven Street in Roxbury

An annoyed citizen complains about the space savers still in place on Ruthven Street, including this one, marked by somebody who apparently thinks eight hours of shoveling is worth a couple months' free parking.

By - 3/31/15 - 8:50 am

You can find when your street is supposed to be swept, in case you should maybe want to move your car.

By - 3/30/15 - 2:07 pm
Michelle Wu and son Blaise at Boston City Council hearing on snow removal

Councilor Wu asks about snow removal as son Blaise takes a break (via Boston City TV).

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it might be time for the city to make its peace with space savers - and make some money by selling official City of Boston space savers.

At a hearing on snow removal today, McCarthy said the idea, proposed by a constituent, has grown on him. In an era when some people would put out "furnaces and toilets" to spite trash workers tasked with removing their space savers, the city could bring in extra revenue for snow and trash removal via official space savers, he said.

By - 3/30/15 - 8:31 am
Space saver in a Jamaica Plain parking lot

Manu spotted this space saver this morning in a parking lot off Heath Street near the Jackson Square T stop.

I'm confused, I thought we were in spring already.

By - 3/25/15 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will spend $6 million to replace all of its street parking meters with "smart" units in constant communication with BTD - a move officials say will lead to better management of curbside parking.

At a City Hall press conference, Walsh said the money will come from the city's parking-meter fund - collected from existing meters - not the general fund.

By - 3/20/15 - 10:39 am

In contrast to the idea of a Boston Olympics, Bostonians love them some space savers. WBUR reports:

70 percent of Boston residents are in favor of the use of space savers, despite the controversy, vandalism and parking challenges the tradition brings each winter.

By - 3/17/15 - 1:47 pm
Angry parking note

Ted Dobbin reports spotting this note yesterday on the remains of a snow mound at 6th and Cambridge streets in East Cambridge. One can only hope it's been there awhile, because to think that it might have just shown up yesterday would be kind of depressing.

By - 3/13/15 - 11:40 pm
Chelmsford Street in Dorchester

Neil the roving UHub photographer spotted this marker on Chelmsford Street in Dorchester today.

By - 3/13/15 - 11:09 pm
West Rutland Square in the South En

West Rutland Square

A South End resident who came out to find his car on West Rutland Square with a ticket on it yesterday for parking more than a foot from the curb wonders if this is a new way for the city to make money: Create a problem, then dun residents for it.

There is no way to park properly with the snowbanks in the middle of the road.

This is a 2 way street, but the city only plowed out one lane and has left it this way. It is the city's fault that the street is blocked, and now they are trying to profit from it.

By - 3/13/15 - 8:09 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the North End/Waterfront Residents Association voted 25-7 to ask the city to give them the same sort of space-saver ban the South End has. The resolution also supports towing cars in the way of street sweepers.

Neighborhood residents saw significant vandalism and threats as a result of these space saving efforts.

By - 3/8/15 - 1:21 pm
Snow sign against Marty Walsh

Kate Terrado spotted this sign in the South End today.

By - 3/8/15 - 11:18 am
Air conditioner as space saver on Beacon Hill

K.A. ran across an air conditioner being used as a space saver on Beacon Hill this morning, wonders whether the owner just gave up on the idea of it ever getting warm enough again to need it for its original purpose.

Katia, meanwhile, discovered a microwave slowly emerging on the sidewalk as a Beacon Hill glacier retreats:

By - 3/5/15 - 10:25 pm
Funny street signs in Charlestown

Tom Richardson spotted these new signs on Sullivan Street in Charlestown tonight.

By - 3/5/15 - 10:17 am

Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) proposes using some of that there smart technology to deal with winter space saving: Basically charge residents for city space savers embedded with GPS devices that could report to City Hall:

After a snowstorm, when a 'host' shovels out a spot and needs to drive off they put their "Official City of Boston Space Saver" in their spot and log that spot into the 'Space Saver Hub'. They give their account and password and enter when they need to return to the spot. The "Space Saver Hub" uses the GPS embedded into the device to log the location. A display screen on the device could flash "Free until 6 pm" or whatever time the person plans on returning. The host is responsible for keeping the device charged and/or batteries installed.

A 'guest' driving through the neighborhood would have two ways of finding a space to park. One is to look for the flashing displays on space savers, the second is to have their smart phone alert them to available spaces in the neighborhood.

By - 3/4/15 - 11:21 am
Smushed car in Charlestown Navy Yard

Looks like last night's snow/sleet/rain was the last straw for Boston buildings. We've had a partial roof collapse on Columbia Point and a complete building collapse in Readville. And now this: Cars are being flattened by killer death ice. Kristin MacDougall forwarded this photo of a car flattened like a pancake by snow that fell off a building on 3rd Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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