The city has agreed to a request from South End neighborhood groups to completely ban the practice of space saving after winter storms. The South End Forum, which represents those groups, reports:
The SE Forum has agreed to launch a communications campaign which asks all South End residents (and their visitors) to refrain from using parking "space savers" to designate and reserve on-street parking spots that they may (or may not) have shoveled during a previous storm. Neighborhood associations universally view the practice of "saving" a parking spot after it has been shoveled by one individual as a significant contributor to reduced on-street parking inventory--while the "space savers" reserve an otherwise available parking spot--and as an avoidable trigger that has led increasingly over the past few years to unnecessary and avoidable hostility, confrontation, intimidation, and acts of criminal vandalism. ...
Public Works is committed to fully supporting the South End as we begin a period of transition making the South End a "space saver free pilot neighborhood." While the neighborhood associations launch education and outreach campaigns designed to inform all Southenders of this change, it's reasonable to allow our neighbors some initial time to adjust to the realities of a "space saver free neighborhood" specifically during a declared snow emergency. A sensible transitional "grace" period in the coming weeks notwithstanding, Public Works strongly encourages South End neighbors to report any space saver found on the street. Because we have only a few weeks of winter remaining this season, Public Works will wait till next Fall to launch their own information and education campaign announcing the South End as a space saver free pilot neighborhood.