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.
The parking nightmare appears to have driven at least one resident to take the air out of his or her neighbor's tires (or possibly slash them.) And, according to social media chatter, at least three cars in the vicinity have gotten the same treatment. A thread on Reddit Boston titled "JP Residents Beware — Tire Slasher on the Loose!" outlines one resident's experience with having her tires slashed twice in a week. Vehicle seen slashing multiple cars on Creighton St in JP. My car was one of them this morning, all 4 tires.
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.