Boldly Going Past Old Boundaries, Someone Put a Space Saver in a City Lot

@universalhub @02130News Space saver in a municipal parking that's a new one.

— hillary (@_hillary) February 4, 2015

JP's Hillary Corbett saw something she'd never seen before (and I've never seen before) — a space saver in a city-owned lot spot. The deck chair was laying claim to a spot in the city's 490-498 Centre St. lot across the street from the Curley School. It's one of the lots the city (theoretically) makes available during snow emergencies.

A space saver on Paul Gore Street in February 2014.

Countdown is on For Space Savers

The rule for space savers, established by former Mayor Tom Menino, is they can be used for up to 48 hours after the end of a snow emergency. Since the most recent snow emergency lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, that means space savers need to be gone from your street by 6 p.m. Thursday. We've installed a nifty little countdown clock on the right sidebar of this website as a reminder. Of course, there are streets in JP where space savers seem to stay in use year round (my old street, Weld Hill, was among them.)

Some neighborhoods have banned the Boston tradition. For instance, a civic group in the South End is trying to kibosh this piece of local culture.


Parking Ban to be Lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday

Major arteries where parking is banned until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 2015. Credit: City of Boston

As the city enjoys a day of sun and no additional snow, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the parking ban would be lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The parking ban applies to major arteries to keep them clear for emergency vehicles. JP is home to several of these stretches.


Forest Hills Snowscape

Braved the outdoors for some Dunks. #jamaicaplain #Bosnow #snowday4 #igersboston #bostonweather #bostondotcom #workfromhome #foresthills #mbta A photo posted by Becca Stocker (@becs_stocks) on Feb 2, 2015 at 8:18am PST

Becca Stocker braved the elements during the storm Monday and was rewarded with this nicely-framed Forest Hills snowscape. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

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Students from the Curley board their bus on Feb. 13, 2014.

Boston Public Schools Closed — Again — on Tuesday

Students in the Boston Public Schools will get their fifth snow day of the last two weeks on Tuesday. The city announced the news late Monday afternoon. If you're a parent or guardian who needs help with childcare while you work, Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. However children must be at least 7 to be left at BCYF community centers, of which there are two in JP: Curtis Hall (20 South St.) and the Hennigan (200 Heath St.)

A Sunday-into-Monday storm that has already dumped a foot of snow on the city was continuing as of Monday afternoon. For all your JP storm news in one place, check Jamaica Plain Storm Center.