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Space saver on Beacon Hill

Sure, there's still snow in South Boston, but Andy Santos thinks a certain Beacon Hill resident needs a reminder winter officially ended two months ago.

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Where will Grams and Mimsy park if they don't have a space?

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Harvard graduation is in Cambridge. And visitors to Beacon Hill can't park there, since it's resident parking and there's no visitor permit system. And someone who fits the rich stereotype you're using would just pay to park in a garage, or get dropped off by their chauffeur.

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I want everyone to know that I take myself very seriously. Can't go round getting jokes! That's not SERIOUS!

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I get the joke. I just think it's rather unfunny.

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That the chair in question (I walked by it later today) is across the street from Section 8 housing. But carry on nevertheless...

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I was just beginning to cool off from the rage that space savers had instilled in my soul.

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for the tourists

"Ye Olde Colonial Space Saver - just like Paul Revere used when he mounted his horse"

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I've seen contractors do this -- don't assume it's always residents.

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Agreed. I moved a bucket of concrete that a contractor used as a space saver last week in South Boston.

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There are several houses there which still mark spots. One is a Range Rover in surprise twist.

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I grew up in Brookline & have never seen/heard of space savers there. You can't park overnight anywhere and you need a special permit to park in front of your house for more than 2 hours.

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However, I did have a woman complain to me a few years ago that I was taking up her spot. This is the street right behind St Mary's FYI, so basically parking for the village area.

Maybe they have a broken leg or something? IDK, it's not a real issue for me as an occasion parking customer in that neighborhood, just funny.

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banned on Beacon Hill altogether?

(The line for the debate over the legality of space savers in Boston as a whole begins here).

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However, the following letter was delivered last week to Mayor Walsh and the City Council by the Alliance of Downtown Civic Organizations (a consortium of downtown civic groups formed last year) - most members ratified it including Beacon Hill Civic, Back Bay NA, West End Civic, Fenway Civic and the North End (Neighorhood Council and Residents Assn.):

Dear Mayor Walsh,

We, the duly authorized representatives of our respective neighborhood associations to the Alliance of Downtown Civic Organizations (ADCO), request that the City of Boston refuse to recognize “space savers” of any kind, for any reason in downtown Boston, as defined by the areas served by the civic organizations that have ratified this request.

Any personal items left on a public way at any time should be treated as abandoned property to be disposed of appropriately by the City of Boston. Owning and operating a motor vehicle is a privilege. With that privilege comes responsibility including the obligation to locate storage of the vehicle in a lawful manner. We acknowledge and request that the city respect the fact that no privilege or responsibility entitles any owner of private property to a claim on public property, no matter the circumstances.

On a related note, it has also come to our attention that the city is considering relaxing enforcement of street cleaning regulations. Over the years, significant time and effort has been put into enhancing the enforcement of these regulations by local residents and the result has been a marked environmental improvement of the downtown districts. While we would be happy to have discussions with appropriate city officials to share solutions about better, fairer and more efficient implementation of the strategy, we strongly support continued efforts to clear the streets of illegally parked cars during street cleaning hours. These efforts have moved the city forward, significantly improving the environment for residents, guests and visitors alike.

Thank you for your understanding and anticipated support.

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That is a damn good letter.

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I am guessing that he won't give a crap about the street cleaning problem. Although it is amazing how much trash accumulates under cars in 2 weeks. Just look at the snow pile in South Boston.

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They're illegal everywhere in Boston, ever since the city passed the Haystack ordinance back in August.

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The funny thing is that two old toilets were sitting out on the sidewalk across the street. I guess they were far to gauche to be used.

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on the hill?

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What?

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Oh, look, it's our old friend Ms. Weatherbee. In her two weeks on UHub, she's posted this gem, a statement that public housing projects are "jungles," a statement of sympathy toward the driver that ran over a bicyclist, and two separate statements expressing hope that Orange Line Beej Guy was able to "finish."

Maybe she and Markk can collaborate on a piece of performance art.

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When he wants to save a space, he just sends a servant or two out to stand in it.

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Oh! I get it now, he's a Democrat!

Sorry, I'm a little slow on the uptake when it comes to that cutting edge Howie Carr brand of geriatric humor.

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Oh... I see! You must be mistaking this site for the Herald. Have any racist remarks to throw in next? Obnoxious.

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Not in this thread.

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post designer chair to freecycle

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You hardly ever see these. Every once in a while someone in Beacon Hill tries to use a space saver, usually the next person to come along -- even if he or she is a pedestrian -- just laughs and removes it. The neighborhood as a whole seems to realize that when you've got over 6,000 cars with valid stickers and 1,100 on-street spaces, it just doesn't make sense to try to save a space for your own exclusive use.

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Space savers were out a lot more this year than what I've seen in the other 14 years I've parked on BH during the winter.

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Might be for someone who someone needs that particular spot for moving or delivery or some construction job.

It's a shame the city still hasn't figured out how to let you get a moving permit without spending a hundred dollars and two hours to do it at city hall. If you could go online and pay $40 to reserve a space for four hours for a delivery truck, that would make life easier for everyone, and make money for the city.

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I agree that the city government needs to implement a less time consuming method of getting a temporary parking spot reservation placard. But last time I acquired one in 2008 I think it was $25.

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If you have to take time off work, that adds up. I'd personally rather pay more for an online / mailed to me temp permit than take a half day at work and only pay 25$

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Come on, it's frickin' 80 out, and there's been no snowfall at all in about 2 months. You don't own the street in front of your house, and even if the likes of me accept the idea of sweat equity giving you some claim, it's more like rent than ownership.

And don't even start on the claim that it is for moving or whatever, unless somehow they are using those vans people think CVS should be using to deliver downtown (that will never happen.)

I say someone can get a free chair on Beacon Hill if it's still out.

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I walked by that site... it did seem to be someone moving in. Or at least trying to move in -- the entire block was closed for a while due to a construction delivery.

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I know the street. People have been moving in and out and there is some renovation going on. It's not really a big deal. Part of living on the hill, as long as it's very temporary. Movers are supposed to get parking permits, but not everyone knows that. Not everyone has a big truck. And the stupid classist remarks are just that - stupid. It's not a fancy street, just a normal one.

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Professional movers do know they need to get permits. Adults living in a city who can afford to hire professional movers are also very well aware of this. I've moved 9 times and have hired movers for at least 5 of those moves.

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I know the street. People have been moving in and out and there is some renovation going on. It's not really a big deal. Part of living on the hill, as long as it's very temporary. Movers are supposed to get parking permits, but not everyone knows that. Not everyone has a big truck. And the stupid classist remarks are just that - stupid. It's not a fancy street, just a normal one.

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