Mayor Marty Walsh says go ahead and use space savers past the "Menino rule" of 48 hours from the end of a snow emergency, according to an interview with the Herald and a slight wording change on the city's Website. “There’s no parking out there in the city,” he told the Herald. “There are snowbanks in the city that just haven’t melted at all.”
The city's Web site, which used to advise to use space savers for no more than 48 hours after the end of a snow emergency, as of Monday instead says, "Space savers are meant to be used on a short term basis, with 48 hours as a guideline." Space savers have become flash points on some of Jamaica Plain's crowded streets, with tires reportedly being slashed and passive-aggressive sign wars erupting.
Space saver in #jamaicaplain "Be decent... Try not being an asshole (for once)" @universalhub pic.twitter.com/HWBAmXcbY6
— Bobbie (@girlinjp) February 19, 2015
The message on this space saver, found at the corner of Myrtle and Pond, starts out politely enough. But read to the end. "Please do not move this space saver. It is valid for 48 hours following the end of the snow emergency — so until 6 p.m. on Friday.
The latest cycle in a series of declaring and ending parking bans comes to a close at 6 p.m. Wednesday. After that, it will be legal to park again on major arteries in Jamaica Plain. Parking ban will remain in effect until 6pm TOMORROW (2/18). For garages with discounted rates, visit http://t.co/PisJGBGezV #BOSnow— City of Boston (@NotifyBoston) February 17, 2015
Here at Jamaica Plain News, we're reinstating the space-saver countdown clock (visible to the right or by scrolling down, depending on what device you're using.) The city gives up to 48 hours for people to keep using space savers after the end of a snow emergency. The neighborhood (and city as a whole) has been on edge about the endless snow, sparking conflicts over space savers.
A resident sent us this photo report on an escalating word-battle over space savers on Dalrymple Street in Egleston. It begins:
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:
That prompted this response:
And this rebuttal. 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.
Major arteries where parking is banned as of 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Credit: City of Boston
Here we go again. Mayor Marty Walsh announced a snow emergency and parking ban will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday, with tagging and towing to begin at midnight. That means you can't park your car on main arteries like Centre Street.