To Whom This May Concern,
As a renter for four years in the Boston area, I am writing to you today to express my growing concerns regarding the current parking situation during the winter season. It is unreasonable for a resident parking in the street to assume they have “rights” to their spot simply because they shoveled the spot out where they were parked.
Like other residents, I take the time to shovel my car out after a snow storm. I do not however mark my spot as saved with a piece of furniture for a later time. It is unfair to have this mindset, for the mere fact that there are not enough spaces on the street for the number of people living in these apartments. Because there is no place to put the snow following a storm, available street space for parking becomes half of what it was prior to the snowstorm.
Public street parking should remain public street parking year round-- no exceptions. For those that would like a saved spot, I suggest they either purchase an annual spot for a fee or purchase/rent a house that has a driveway.
Furthermore, this feeling of entitlement in regards to space saving breeds an environment of aggression and hatred rather than community. Residents that have removed a neighbor’s furniture to park their car at night have awoken to acts of vandalism including slashing of tires and/or broken windows.
I realize this information is “old news”, however, it is time that a change is made, and I hope this change starts with you. I suggest that you encourage all residents to shovel after a storm and emphasize that public street parking will remain public. Additionally, this mandate must be enforced through the disposal of all furniture in the streets.