Dude, That’s My Spot!

Yeah, I’ve got a gift for ya right here, buddy! It might take a half hour to shovel out a spot and then you think you can have it? Not so fast!

Go ahead and vote over at the Chicago Tribune if you are for or against Dibs On Parking Spaces. I have a garage, so I really don’t care. I do get a kick out of all of the chairs, buckets, lamps, etc. lining the streets of Chicago. It looks like the old Maxwell Street on some days.

7 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    if you live in a neighborhood where houses line the block and people use the spots in front of their house all the time, i could see where taking ownership of a spot might make sense. but if its a parking free for all when it doesnt snow, no way can you hold a spot. not right.

  2. CP (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    No way, for any reason, is “claiming” a spot okay. I purposely move chairs etc. when people put them out and park my car there. How juvenile can you possibly get? You didn’t earn that spot. Did you lay the asphalt on the road? the concrete curb? Yeah, I didn’t think so: therefore, not your spot. We all have to shovel during the winter. Don’t like it? Move.

  3. jack (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    I too move any furniture I see in spots when walking around. I don’t even have a car anymore so don’t need the spot, but trying to save a spot because you shoveled out your car is one of the dumbest things I have every heard of. I just throw the chairs in yards or wherever to free up the spots.
    I know everyone out here seems to be anti new york for no good reason, but why doesn’t the city do the same as out there and after a storm alternate side parking rules begin so the streets can be plowed. Its easy, tomorrow all the south sides of streets ban parking so plows can come through. then the north and east and west. simple and the streets get cleaned. if you don’t move you get towed.

  4. pk (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    amusing that the trib does this same poll every fucking year. nobody likes dibs, but nobody likes the spot they dug out getting yoinked. it’s darwinism in action.

  5. Bill V (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    At this time at the Trib, 51.3% like dibs, 48.7% don’t. The plowing idea sounds pretty good to me, I’m sure it’s somewhere on the City Council’s list, at about itme number 43.

  6. quack (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    I used to love “dibs” when I lived near 18th and Racine; some asshat family marked the spot outside their house with milk crates year-round; we started ganking the crates, and by the time we moved out, we didn’t have to buy packing boxes, or furniture- we used the crates for both.

  7. K. (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    I have a garage, but when I lived in Lincoln (no)Park, I did not believe in dibs. it’s everyone’s jobs to dig the cars out, and if we would all do it, it wouldnt’ matter.

    However, there is part of me that is strongly pro-dibs, because I enjoy seeing Da Mayor hold a press conference a week after each storm, announcing to the city that dibs are over. That makes it all worth it.

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