The side view mirror of this car was snapped off, likely by a plow truck, while the vehicle was parked on Havana Street in Roslindale on Feb. 8, 2015.

Winter-Related Car Vandalism Spikes on Seaverns Avenue

Boston Police said they're sending extra patrols around the Seaverns Avenue area, were there has been a cluster of reports of vandalism likely arising from disputes over parking. That's one of the takeaways from Thursday's monthly police-community meeting. Police this week issued a community alert about car vandalism. Officers fleshed out those concerns at Thursday's meeting, held at Curtis Hall Community Center. In February, police have seen a rise in incidents like windshield wipers being snapped, rear view mirrors being broken off and cars being scraped.

Detail shot of sign on Asticou Road, March 2015

Snow Pile Pleads, ‘Take Me First! I’m a Space Saver!’

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!

As of Monday, March 2, 2015, city crews are picking up space savers on trash day. (File photo of a Pondside space saver)

Twilight of the Space Savers?

Starting Monday, if there's trash pickup on your street, city crews are also chucking space savers. Mayor Marty Walsh last week earned cheers from space saver supporters by temporarily lifting the "Menino" rule. That's the decree that space savers not be used longer than 48 hours after the end of a snow emergency. But that was last week. Starting Monday, any space savers still in use are subject to being put in the trash.

Pondside space saver, February 2015

Mayor Lifts 48-Hour Space Saver Rule

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.