Whose spot?

Recycled, but again, timely: The ethics of the shoveled parking spot. If you shovel it out, is it yours?

Comments

No.

So, just because a driver shoveled out a parking space, they can reserve it and leave it empty and unused while they're away? How does that make sense when parking is at a premium?

Nope. Use it or lose it.

Years ago I moved from NYC to Baltimore. I didn't have a car in New York, but no one there would expect to have a spot free after leaving it, shoveling or no shoveling. Empty spots in many neighborhoods don't stay empty for more than a minute. Baltimore, however, used the chair as space holder in some neighborhoods: you shoveled out a space, you reserved it for later with a chair. It took me several sightings to figure out what chairs were doing in the road. I asked some co-workers, who explained that moving a chair could mean retribution. In NYC, the chairs wouldn't have lasted more than an hour. In smaller places, I suppose one should abide by the local tradition. (But where do all the cars go in Albany, in the denser neighborhoods, when there is mandatory alternate-side parking during a snow emergency?)

I've been in Boston this week, and it's alternated between hilarious and infuriating with the amount of spots that are saved in the neighborhood I'm staying in. The spot savers range from plastic containers filled with snow, to a cheezit box. It not only looks like trash everywhere but I think it's bold to see this happening in an entire neighborhood.

I think if a person has *just* shoveled out a parking space and plans to park in it within 15 minutes or so (time to walk to your car and drive back to your spot), then the shoveler should have the right to hold the spot. Holding a parking spot all day, when parking is at such a premium, is just rude and selfish.

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