Parking spot savers started to pop up across South Boston the day after the snowstorm. It's grueling work to carve out a vehicle out of a thick pile of snow so locals have traditionally used orange cones or any grabbable item from the home to reserve the spot afterward.
The unofficial reward for shoveling out a spot in a neighborhood notorioius for lack of parking is to earn the right to the spot for some amount of time. For how long is something locals like to argue about-- some would say that it’s for the entirety of the season while the city says it’s for 48 hours after a snow emergency ends.
Take a look at some of the creative items used by Southie residents to save their spot. If you spot one in your neighborhood, send a picture to us.
On Columbia Road one resident used a stroller to claim their spot.
A view of parking cones in South Boston from above taken Sunday morning.
As the snow came in over the weekend, the space savers came out as residents in South Boston dug out their cars.
Pictured below: A snow-filled Baxter Street.
Chairs defended residents’ parking spots on P Street.
Some folks didn’t even bother. A barley visible car on East 2nd Street.
A lawn chair held a space for the owner on East 3rd Street.
A trash bag and an umbrella held this space on East 2nd Street.
A Bruins trashcan is used to hold a space on West 4th Street.
Even if the golf courses are closed there’s still a use for a golf bag.
Christmas only comes once a year, but the tree base makes a pretty nice space saver.
With all the cool weather fans aren’t getting used for their intended purpose.
An umbrella and chair combo saved a parking spot in South Boston on Saturday.
Maybe the residents who shoveled out this space were thinking of summer when they put out their space saver.
A human parking spot saver on Marine Road in South Boston. Actually, Jessica Mercaldi was taking a break from shoveling snow as Sean Ledwidge continued working. The chair stayed, though.
A saw horse hed a parking spot near F and Second Streets after heavy snow in 2005.
On Marine Road in South Boston a lounge chair was used to save a spot in between two vehicles in 2011.
Eventually, the parking spot savers have to go. Vladimar Diaz with Capital Waste Services carried a table to the trash truck that was left on East Third Street in South Boston to save a parking spot in 2010.
Diaz with Capital Waste Services contemplatesdwhat to do with a TV/VCR combo that was left on East Third Street in South Boston to save a parking spot. His crew went around collecting trash on the regular trash pick up day but were also ordered to put all place-savers in the trash. He was not allowed to put the TV in the truck and put it in a snowbank instead.
Some of the unusual things people leave out to mark their shoveled-out parking spots on the streets of South Boston, including this cart with a concete cylinder block inside on Columbia Road.
This propane tank (hopefully empty) was left on Columbia Road.
This fan was spotted on K Street in 2009.