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One Southie resident crusades against the abuse of parking space savers

David Ivaska stacked traffic cone space savers he collected in South Boston in his trunk and posted a photo of it online,
David Ivaska stacked traffic cone space savers he collected in South Boston in his trunk and posted a photo of it online, Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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The tradition of putting out space savers in shoveled parking spaces has always been problematic, a gentleman’s agreement built on neighborhood rules that was allowed — reluctantly — by the Menino administration. But with a new mayor, and the Southie parking problem at a breaking point on a good day, tensions are high and a tragedy seems inevitable without a change. As the new mayor considers how to handle the tradition, one Southie local, David Ivaska, has been implementing his own change as a vigilante removing all the space savers in an attempt to forcibly end the tradition.

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