‘The Snow is Making People Crazy’

A resident sent us this photo report on an escalating word-battle over space savers on Dalrymple Street in Egleston.

It begins:

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

Courtesy of a neighbor

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

The sign above gives the URL for the city’s policy on space savers: They should be removed no later than 48 hours after the end of snow emergency.

At left is a pile of space savers the sign writer removed from shoveled spaces on the street, according to a neighbor:

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

Courtesy of a neighbor

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

That prompted this response:

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

Courtesy of a neighbor

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

And this rebuttal.

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

Courtesy of a neighbor

Space saver signs on Dalrymple Street, Feb. 15, 2015.

In case you can’t read the right-most sign, it says:

It does, however, reflect the view of many others. Look, shoveling sucks but everyone has to do it. Digging out your car does not entitle you to private parking for the rest of the winter. It’s inefficient, there’s not enough parking, but there’s usually unoccupied saved spots. It’s illegal. Parking is saved through the threat of violence. It’s gangland mentality inappropriate to our community. — Dan

Meanwhile, over on Creighton Street, the block reports being under siege from a tire slasher.

JP’s Reuben Kantor described the neighborhood tone this way:

The tipster who sent us the Dalrymple Street photos summed up the whole situation saying, “The snow is making people crazy.”

  • Bonnie

    They failed to neglect that on dalrymple street and school street there are massive snow piles that could be turned into parking spaces with some hard work. Work that everyone else has done repeatedly.. Some had to dig out more than one space when there original one was taken by someone else and the snow ban has pretty much not lifted…. In three weeks. There is no where else to park if you lose your spot. I have yet to see empty spots with space savers… The only gangland mentality I see is this person piling up a bunch of other neighbors space savers… So not cool …

    • kinopio

      If you aren’t seeing empty spots with space savers then you aren’t looking very hard. Where do you think the person got all those space savers from? Empty spots that should only be used for parking, not for leaving your rubbish on public property.

      • bonnie

        and now he has piled up all that rubbish in front of my house.. that’s nice. wonderful neighborly attitude. thank you so much for making a mess i get to clean up when this all thaws and i can find the trash. my partner and i and most of the people i know have helped others create parking spaces, repeatedly in the past month. we have helped neighbors dig out, and been helped ..

  • Bonnie

    Ps. Mr space saver… I hope you are planning on dealing with the ugly pile of trash you made. There’s a lot of people in this neighborhood who would rally together to help dig out some extra spots, if you thought to ask, nicely, for help next time instead of attacking frustrated neighbors.

  • Ash

    As a fellow JP resident, I am curious if Dan put in the work to shovel out his own spot in the first place? Also, this has been an extraordinary winter, which has forced people to stay in the same spot and shovel it out every storm because there is literally nowhere else to park. Many “available” spots are covered in 8-10 foot mounds of plowed or shoveled snow that will be around until May easily. I would love to hear ideas about how else residents can manage?

  • Malena

    I think there should be a law requiring that EVERYONE who’s parked on the street during the snow storm has to clean their car or be towed. In my neighborhood in JP there are many cars, and I mean many, who have not been dug out EVER so they’ve been using up a public parking space for weeks. I have a driveway, narrow and not efficient, but still a driveway. I see some of my neighbors digging out their cars efficiently and promptly; however, many others don’t. So, there’s no place to park. Why should the anger be directed to those who shovel out and not towards those who don’t.

  • AlanThinks

    A short term problem should have us thinking about the long term. Climate change means the weather extremes will increase. We need a revolution in our energy systems starting with a fee on carbon emissions. Tell your state and congressional reps to get on board.

    • RA

      It used to be called “Global Warming”, but the BS’ers couldn’t explain cold winters, so now it’s “Climate Change”. If you want to say pollution, I’ll agree. The planet has been warming for millions of years.

      • AlanThinks

        RA, of course the climate has been changing – warming & cooling – on our planet for billions of years. Lots of things cause this: change in orbital inclination, change in solar output, plate tectonics, volcanoes, comets. What is different now is that humans have been creating massive CO2 emissions faster than any change ever. CO2 traps radiant energy retaining heat in the atmosphere and ocean and more water vapor all of which lead to more weather extremes. This is a record warm winter in the US. It is only the east that has the cold. Check out the record high temperatures in the west and Alaska. Educate yourself on the science starting at SkepticalScience.com

  • Paul

    This is a snowfall for the ages. In 30 years, do you want to sit around and tell your grandkids/kids/friends about the great snowfall of 2015 and how you came together with community members to deal with everything that was tossed your way or the time you went around collecting space savers to prove a point and show your privilege?

    Just saying…

  • mjb918

    A snowfall for the new-ages perhaps? There are those predicting that with rising ocean temperatures this will become the norm. More water vapor in the air, combined with freezing temperatures, means more snow.