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A valet parking space of her own: city gave Park Plaza businesswoman a perk others dream about

Lisa Saunders parked her car for hours at a time in a valet-only zone.
Lisa Saunders parked her car for hours at a time in a valet-only zone. Credit: Sean Murphy/Globe Staff

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Other drivers circle the block in frustration as they look for parking in the Back Bay, but not Lisa Saunders. The businesswoman, part of the family that owned the Park Plaza Hotel for decades, always has a prime city-owned parking spot waiting for her black Cadillac right in front of her office at 20 Park Plaza. Saunders’ parking space is marked “tow zone” and “valet parking only,” but city parking enforcement officers don’t write a ticket for Saunders’ vehicle even when she leaves it there all day. In fact, Lisa Saunders appears to be the only person in Boston who has a valet parking spot for her own personal use.

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