The South End Forum says effective immediately, there's no more cluttering up neighborhood streets with chairs, lamps and just general crap to save parking spaces: A pilot ban on post-snow space saving in the South End has gone permanent.
And instant: Roving members of the neighborhood's many civic groups will be going around collecting any space savers they see.
Although in some other Boston neighborhoods the city currently "tolerates" the use of space savers for 48 hours after an official snow emergency is declared by the Mayor, space savers on South End streets will be removed whenever and wherever they are placed regardless of whether a snow emergency is declared or not. The South End is a 100% space saver free zone.
The forum is distributing flyers and posters to let residents know about the ban - and to let them know that any items not swooped on by their neighbors will be picked up by public-works crews on request to the Mayor's Hotline at 617-635-4500 - or, at the latest, by trash pickup crews on their regular rounds.
The forum got the city to agree to a pilot program last winter over concerns of reduced parking inventory in the neighborhood as well as over the fact that space saving is "a completely avoidable trigger that has led over the past few years to unnecessary and avoidable hostility, confrontation, intimidation, and actual acts of criminal vandalism."
All the posters (5.2M PDF).