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Citizen complaint of the day: Snow, what snow?

Space savers on Howland Street in Roxbury

A concerned citizen has no words for this photo of two space savers on Howland Street in Roxbury yesterday.

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Anyone have a problem with that talk to my friend Humphrey the elephant.

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"Adorable"?

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the word starts with "M" and ends with "hole"

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Dude, that's not a word.

..I don't think.

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and put the cone on the sidewalk

it is literally that simple.

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Go ahead and use that method, but anyone crazy enough to think they can stake claim to a public parking spot is surely crazy enough to take revenge when the spot is swiped out from under them.

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Applied to all cones.

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theyre cheap as fuck on amazon and really easy to have basically 360 degree coverage

keep a hammer in your car and mete out your own revenge if necessary. it really is as simple as that.

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I use that method regularly. I have chucked pylons, lawn chairs, etc onto the sidewalk. Nobody has ever done anything to my car, and nobody has even said anything to me when I do this in plain view.

Granted, I have an old car and don't do the above when there's an actual snowstorm. That's because I would never have a new car in the city and would never drive in a snowstorm.

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Keep these awful space savers off the sidewalk please. Pedestrians shouldn't have to deal with the selfish garbage drivers create.

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At what point did you decide everything was going to be a rant against vehicles and their drivers?

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Heck, we have the sleds out by the back porch. Of course, they've been there since January, but now, instead of being lazy, we are proactive.

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The city needs to put an end to this crap before someone gets shot over space saver rage. Why can't a cop take 5 seconds and throw these in the trunk on their way by? If Marty starts handing out warnings, then fines, this won't be an issue for long.

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Virtually no one in Boston thinks that any space saving when there is zero snow on the ground is okay. Yes, there is a debate when six or more inches are on the ground, but this is a fringe thing.

True story. Back in the 1990s I went to a wedding in Southie at noonish. When I came out, there was an empty space with a cone in it in front of my car. It was also September. I took the cone out and somehow carried it a half block down the street with my car. Why? Fuck them!

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This is 100% his fault. Upon election he had the opportunity to say "No more of this nonsense". He instead did the exact opposite:

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2015/02/boston_mayor_marty...

I called 911 on a car parked in front of a hydrant on my street last week. No response. Park where you want to; the Mayor just don't care!

>:(

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So the current mayor, when snowfall was measured in feet, did the same thing the previous mayor did when less snow was on the ground (I gave citations here earlier in the year, when it was germane), but somehow the current mayor is responsible for the practice.

To say it a different way, the current mayor has done the same thing during the winter that the longest serving and arguably most popular mayor in the history of the city did, yet this is a bad thing?

Lastly, you do realize that the mayor typically doesn't handle 911 calls. It's kind of an internal thing with the BPD.

I don't know what you're smoking, but you should smoke less of it.

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Space savers as they exist today are around because of Menino. Then Marty Walsh endorsed them.

Do you really think they wouldn't go away if the mayor said they were illegal? There is no law allowing them, and, in fact, many that disallow them. Somerville and Cambridge largely manage to not have them despite having the same long-term "townie" residents.

Your position is puzzling.

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Space savers are not around because of Menino. All he did was try to regulate a practice that was already in place, to minimize conflict.
Do you really think they would go away if the layout said they were illegal? If a law came out tomorrow that made space savers illegal, you'd still see them. If someone has a space saver out today, it's not because Marty said it was okay to use them when it snows out.

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Space savers are not around because of Menino. All he did was try to regulate a practice that was already in place, to minimize conflict.

Mind you, I don't have a peer-reviewed study on this, but my impression is that prior to Menino opening up his pie-hole on the subject, the practice was in place in a few neighborhoods. In others, it was simply not done. My perception is that after Menino's statement on the subject, a whole lot of selfish individuals in other neighborhoods said, "I can reserve my very own space on a public street? WOOHOO!!!" and that's what started it city-wide. Am I wrong?

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And to be perfectly honest, I would much rather be having this conversation when this issue is more real than theoretical.

As I stated last winter, unilaterally cracking down on this is a political loser. Heck, there was even a poll last winter that showed popular support for the practice (the same poll also showed the beginning of erosion of support for Boston2024). The reality is that the practice began under the White administration, continued under Flynn, was unofficially codified by Menino at about the midpoint of his 20 years in office, and baring some kind of drastic change in the views of the electorate (as opposed to UHub commenters) will continue under the successor of Walsh, whenever she or he takes over.

But hey, the election is in 2 years. Good luck running on a "no space savers" platform.

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"unilaterally cracking down"? What does that even mean? As opposed to what, bilateral cracking down?

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I guess you weren't paying attention here at the UHub last winter, but a bunch of civic groups got together and said "no more saving in our neighborhood", which made sense since parking is at a premium even in the summer in the South End.

The haters seem to think that for some reason Walsh was going to end the Menino practice, by the looks of the commenters here. He's being shrewd, letting the neighborhoods decide.

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My comment was related to your use of the puzzling phrase "unilaterally cracking down". I do not think the word "unilaterally" means what you think it means, whatever that is, and was looking for some clarification, not a polemic.

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I used unilaterally to imply acting on his own, as opposed to in consultation with stakeholders (neighborhood groups and whatnot)

Again, I don't get where people thought Walsh was going to change this policy. Was it even mentioned during the election?

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I'm no fan of Marty, but this is beyond the scope of criticizing him.

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Just a snow pic , but nice parking job too!
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