JP real estate agent Mary Wallace gave voice to one line of argument as the city starts picking up space savers on trash days this week. She made a sign reading, "(Snow Pile) Take Me, I'm a Space Saver" on snow-choked Asticou Road. On one hand, the city has faced some backlash to removing space savers, given that so many spots on neighborhood streets are filled by snow. On the other hand, some residents are celebrating the formal end of space savers. Adios!
Snow thrower in action at Hyde Park Avenue and Ukraine Way on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath
Hyde Park Avenue, which has been producing some of the neighborhood's worst traffic, got a much-needed deep cleaning Tuesday. Here are some photos, including a sweet "after" shot at the bottom. If you love this sort of thing (and who doesn't after what we've been through?), please check out this video of a snow thrower working Hyde Square and these photos of an snow melter at the Arborway Yard.
Forecasters differ on how much snow Boston will see late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service predicts 3 to 5 inches, while WHDH estimates 4 inches and WCVB calls for 2-4 inches on the coast but just a dusting inland. The city has received 100 inches of snow this season, though as meteorologist David Epstein points out, it depends on how you measure it. In other snow now, in case you missed it, Mayor Marty Walsh said residents can keep using space savers indefinitely. He's temporarily lifting the "Menino rule" to use them no more than 48 hours after the end of a declared snow emergency.
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.
The winter of 2015 isn't just space saver wars, ice dams and cabin fever. Texas transplants Kristy Nardone and Chris Haynes of Eliot Place turned the eight-plus feet of snow into a deluxe "snow bar" for the neighborhood. Nardone was kind enough to share these photos of the bar's evolution.