Saturday, 2:15 PM
Illicit parking space saver of the day
(George Rizer/ Globe Staff)
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
A shovel propped up in a cardboard box illegally saved a parking spot today on Park Street in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester.
The space saver, like thousands of other orange cones, chairs, and garbage cans holding parking spots from Brighton to South Boston, violate the city's 48-hour rule. Without adequate enforcement, however, the space savers remain. That means law abiding drivers must find another place to park or move the shovel-and-box combos and live with the fear that their car could be keyed or their tires slashed.
According to the City of Boston's website, space savers are only allowed after the declaration of a snow emergency, which hasn't occurred since Dec. 18. Most drivers, however, use space savers after digging out from any plowable snow, which last occurred in Boston on Jan. 19. That means this shovel-and-box has been saving a space at least six full days after the 48 hour rule expired.
The enforcement of the 48-hour rule resides with city sanitation workers on regular rounds. Trash pickup occurs once a week, which means that at best space savers will be tossed once every seven days. Garbage pickup in some neighborhoods, however, occurs prior to 9 a.m., with sanitation trucks making the rounds well before drivers have left their parking spots. That means some step stools and buckets can remain virtually undisturbed, saving a parking space from now until opening day on April 6.
Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said today that any parking space savers that remain on the street should have been removed long ago. The city, however, has not received enough complaints about space savers from a specific neighborhood to necessitate the dispatch of a special public works crew to collect the cones, chairs, and shovel-and-box combos, Joyce said. The mayor's office urged people to report illicit place savers by calling the 24-hour constituent services hotline at 617-635-4500.
Have an stubborn space saver on your block? E-mail a picture here with a precise description of the location.
Significant snow is predicted overnight, which means the 48-hour will likely reset. By Friday or Saturday, the Globe will be looking for new illicit parking space saver of the day.