Parking space squatters

So, apparently it

7 Comments so far

  1. m2 (unregistered) on January 7th, 2005 @ 9:13 am

    Have you been living under a rock all of your life? If you’ve walk down any side-street, in any residential area in the city, after a snowstorm, for the last, say, 25 years, you will have seen this in practice.

    The Mayor even condoned the practice during a press conference a few years ago.

  2. Fuzzy (unregistered) on January 7th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    Eric Zorn has a whole forum on his site about the “Dibs divide“. (via Chicagoist)

  3. eric (unregistered) on January 7th, 2005 @ 5:03 pm

    Yeah, I

  4. Jason (unregistered) on January 7th, 2005 @ 8:42 pm

    I’ve found some good Eames sideshell chairs that way.

  5. Irene (unregistered) on January 8th, 2005 @ 8:20 pm

    Yes, it is definitely a Chicago tradition. This isn’t a tradition in the suburbs (Skokie, Evanston, and Libertyville don’t do it – probably because they have garages). But, where I grew up in West Rogers Park there were usually fist fights over the removal of said placeholders.

    I was talking to a co-worker who lives in Maryland and apparently the saving of parking spaces with lawn furiture is something that happens there too.

  6. Orac (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 8:17 am

    I used to live in Chicago. It’s definitely a tradition, but how violently people react to “their” spots being taken by someone else seems to vary by neighborhood. In some neighborhoods, you’re asking to have your tires slashed if you take a spot “reserve” with lawn furniture.

  7. Fuzzy (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 9:41 pm

    So Boston is all in the news these days because their mayor came out against spot saving.


    Boston Globe column

    Washington Post

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