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XP: Snow, Etiquette, and Street Parking. Can you save a space?

This is really interesting to read.

ttp://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/forums/thread/47069816.aspx

What irks me is the people who don't live in the city that just keep saying I don't get it, i'm baffled that people would do this, blah blah blah. Clearly your baffled because you've never lived in a city! When you do then you will understand.

Re: XP: Snow, Etiquette, and Street Parking. Can you save a space?

  • edited December 2011
    I'm a suburbanite and I think it's BS to save a public street parking space.  Obviously, you want to clear it and park your car.  I got that.  But when you leave, you leave and it is up for dibs.  If you want to "save" your space take public transportation and leave the car where it sits.
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    i cant believe that one lady carries a screw driver in her pocketbook.... jeez
    id be pissed if i cleared a spot and someone took it but thats a little extreme
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  • Northstar1808Northstar1808 member
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    edited December 2011
    I lived in Boston for 2 years. I didn't have a car there because it was pointless but I can definitely see the frustration. You take the time and effort to dig out your car and some one comes and takes a nice cleaned out spot. That's annoying. I also used to have a very low car and you can't just park in any spot, the spot needs to be pretty cleared out. So if I cleared out a spot completely and someone steals, it's annoying. I understand it's a public area but so if the sidewalk and that's your responsibility to take care of. So if took on the responsibility to cleared out a spot on the street why can't you claim that?

    The problem is lazy people. If everyone on the street cleared out their own cars it wouldn't be a problem.
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    I will say this.  We live in a city with street parking, and the law here says that you're not allowed to save parking spots during snowy months (or ever, actually) and if you're found doing it, they'll give you a ticket.  But last year during Snowmageddon, they lifted that ban, which irked me a lot. 

    Gzilla and I are really good space-clearer-outers.  We shovel really well... we use rock salt...we're awesome.  Our neighbor Princess? Not so much.  Princess "doesn't do shoveling" and she would wait until we left for work and then take the spot that we shoveled out.  And then she'd put a chair there to protect it.  I'm sorry.... did you shovel that out?  Did you shovel ANYTHING?  Princess and I don't get along.

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    RA- id take her chair and throw it in the street!
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    During snowmageddon, several of the people in our condo took their cars to the mall parking garage (right around the corner) and left them there until those that remained shoveled the spots out.  Then they brought their cars back and took our spots.  The condo assoc. had a strict no spot saving rule and would take your items and donate or trash them depending on what they were.

    A town near my parents began collecting the spot saving items and you had to go to the township building to pick them up if you wanted them back.


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    edited December 2011
    RA - that would irk me sooo much. That's when people slash other people's tires.  I def. do not condone that, however, it does deter me from stealing other people's spots.
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    I have lived in South Philadelphia my whole life and I think it is wrong. I didn't move my car for a total of a month last winter because I knew I wouldn't get a spot back. I rarely ever get a spot in front of my house any way, so why am I going to save a spot in front of some one else home? When you life in the city you do not own a parking spot and if you think that you should buy a house with a driveway!
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    If I came home from work late... and her chair was in MY spot... I'd put her chair on her steps and park.  And she never said anything to me about it because she knew I'd rip her a new one for "protecting" the spot that *I* dug out.

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  • amy727amy727 member
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    edited December 2011
    I don't live in the city, but I do live in an apartment with a big parking lot.  I don't save the spot I dig out.  There have been times I came back and had to dig out another spot again, but as Nicole said... I don't have a house with a driveway. 
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    edited December 2011
    I can totally understand why people would want to save spots, but I believe, "you move your meat, you lose your seat." Same goes for parking. If you move your car, anyone is entitled to that spot (unfortunately). That's what happens when you live in the city. When I lived in Philly, I was fortunate to live near a bus route and I was a short walk to the subway. Needless to say, my car never moved and I relied on SEPTA when it snowed.
  • Amerbutt81Amerbutt81 member
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    edited December 2011
    Forget city parking.. we had that problem in our suburban apartment complex last year!  People would take the time to dig out their spot, and then someone else would park in it! 

    That's why I love owning a Jeep.  JEGs and I didn't even shovel our our spots-- we just ride over the snow.  That way we dont' have to worry about anyone taking our spots ;)
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  • edited December 2011
    We had the same problem last year when I was still living at my parents' house. My FI and I spent two hours digging out spots for his car and mine across the street from my parents'. We didn't put any spot savers in the spot when we went out in his car because all of our neighbors either already had spots dug out, or they are the kind of people that will dig out their spots. It's a very quiet neighborhood that doesn't get much traffic, so we weren't worried about really losing it. Well, we came back and the guy that owns the house across the street [his mother owned it and recently passed away, so he came into possession of it and was going to give it to his daughter or whatever, and he was in there fixing it up from time to time, but hadn't been there in over a month] was parked in the spot. Now the spot wasn't even in front of the walk way of his house, it was on the very end of where his property ends. Not like that matters, 'cause it's a public street. But I did go ask him to move his car and he gave me a lot of crap for it, told me he had dug the spot out. I looked at him incredulously and was like "Are you serious? You drive a little escort, my FI drives a trailblazer. That spot is big enough to fit two of your friggin' car in there. You need to move and shovel out your own spot. You're not entitled to it just 'cause it's out front of your house." He then moved his car and parked it in another spot that someone else on my block had dug out. What a lazy freakin' jerk.
  • Stacylynn702Stacylynn702 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to Re: XP: Snow, Etiquette, and Street Parking. Can you save a space?:
    [QUOTE]I have lived in South Philadelphia my whole life and I think it is wrong. I didn't move my car for a total of a month last winter because I knew I wouldn't get a spot back. I rarely ever get a spot in front of my house any way, so why am I going to save a spot in front of some one else home? When you life in the city you do not own a parking spot and if you think that you should buy a house with a driveway!
    Posted by nicole8586[/QUOTE]

    ITA!  I've lived in the city for 11 years and in South Philly for 6 of those years.  It's not hard to get used to.

    I must also add that when I come home from work at 7pm, I usually have to drive around for at least 20 minutes looking for a spot and usually find one at least 2 blocks away, sometimes up to 5 blocks (without snow on the ground).  Keep in mind after a snowstorm, I havet to dig my car out in the morning too.  I don't expect that spot I dug out of to be there 11 hours later.  It's just not realistic.  It's all part of city living and I think it's wrong to save spots. 

    Last year I was threatened by a guy with a hockey stick over trying to park in front of his house.  My neighbor has his car windows bashed in.  It got out of hand. 
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