Snowing? Thinking about saving your parking spot? Please don’t.


With the snow season fully upon us this winter, inevitably the topic of conversation turns to the neighborhood practice of saving your shovelled-out parking space with various household items…garbage cans…milk crates…lawn chairs. To this, I have one thing to say: please don’t. If you live in the city, parking on the street is a freakin hassle. It’s hard enough to find a spot in the middle of summer…but after a snowstorm it’s damn near impossble.

In some neighborhoods, I can maybe see where this could be acceptable. If the block is lined with single family homes and the space in front of the house is normally used by that particular homeowner, and everyone on the block understands this, then ok. But in the parts of town where apartment and condo living is the norm, no. No saving spots. Its not yours, no matter how long you spent on it.

Thank you.

8 Comments so far

  1. kidder (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 9:16 am


    I think that is one of the stupidest things. Before I had aparking space, when I found a nicely shoveled spot, I considered it a bonus. But when I found an unshoveled spot, I considered that a bonus as well. If saving spaces like that were an option, I would think one could start lining the streets with items to save parking spaces if they were expecting company or having a party.

    On a similar note, what is the rule on items used to save spaces? Last year, there was a family that used their really cute patio chairs to save a spot. I was eyeing them. If they left them on the street, are they up for grabs? I was thinking about driving by this year to see if they are using them again!

  2. steven (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 9:27 am

    You might have yourself a brand new patio set. But beware, I’ve heard of tales where the spot “owners” get revenge, in a variety of ways, all having to do with your car. It’s probably not worth it.

    And you know what really didn’t help this trend? Daley himself condoned it. Oye.

  3. Dave! (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 1:05 pm

    I agree… it’s totally stupid to think you could save a spot. But if you see one that is “saved”, I wouldn’t tempt fate by taking it…

  4. c (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    If you want to end the competition for shovelled spots, clean up a few extras when it snows… be neighborly and live by example… don’t just complain.

  5. steven (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 3:12 pm

    C, I’m all for being neighborly, but spending another hour or so before work cleaning up a few more spots isn’t gonna happen. Points for being neighborly though.

  6. C (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

    Steven, That’s exactly why people ‘reserve’ the spot shovelled. Nobody wants to shovel more than one spot.

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

    If you really wanna shake things up on your street, shovel some snow back into a previously-cleared parking space. Then, remove it and claim it as your own. That’s how you get yourself on the 11 o’clock news.

  8. steven (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 5:37 pm

    Shovel it back in, then back out? Nah…I admire the theivery aspect to that, but if I want to be known around the block, maybe I’ll place my snow directly into someone else’s spot, over and around their chair/crate/lamp. Though instead of being villainized, I’d probably be applauded.

    Maybe I’ll make it a project of mine this winter to take shots of other people’s space-saving techniques.

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