Should Beacon Hill Residents Get to 'Hold' Their Parking Spots?

Parking is already difficult on Beacon Hill, even without 2 feet of snow on the ground.

In the wake of the Blizzard of 2013, parking has become unbelievably difficult between the city's parking ban, the shrinking of streets to one-lane roads, and the 10-or-more-foot high and five-foot deep piles of snow that line the streets.

Bostonians all know of the tradition in the city that when you shovel out a parking spot, you can "hold" that parking spot with a chair, trash barrel or other object for up to 48 hours after the parking ban ends. 

Proponents say that the ban encourages people to do a good job clearing out their spot, knowing their hard work won't go to waste as soon as they move their car.

Opponents say that you can't claim a parking spot as "yours" just because you parked there before the blizzard. 

What's your personal policy? Is there anywhere to park, between Boston's parking ban, the huge snow piles in the neighborhood, and the spot savers? Is it your right to a parking spot after you put in the sweat and manpower necessary to clear it out? Should the city do anything to discourage this behavior?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Carolle February 13, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I spent 3 plus hours digging out a spot, helped my neighbors dig themselves out, shovelled out others steps and SAVED my spot with a chair. You're damn right I have a claim on that spot. Why should my hard work, sweat and time be used for some other lazy, ignorant person to use? Parking is tough in this weather, we all need to come together to make things a little easier. Ignorant, arrogant, lazy A*@*holes
Ian February 13, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Parking in the city on Beacon Hill is what it is, if you don't like it, toddle on over to Southie and you can leave your chair, cone, box or whatever and "hold" your spot..., too funny. When you own that piece of road, by all means do what you want, but until then, move on to the next available spot.
Will February 13, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Why assume that other people are lazy and ignorant (it seems more ignorant to think this)? I shoveled out my spot on Saturday and left it, assuming that other people would also shovel out their spots and leave them eventually, and that I would have a place to park. If everyone does this it would work best for everyone. I was very disappointed to see people in Beacon Hill saving spots and not understanding this.
Anna February 13, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I could not agree with Will any more. Very well said (written).
Lindsey February 13, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Being able to “save” a parking spot on our highly taxed roads is unfair to the other tax payers in the neighborhood. If one feels that digging out a parking spot should give them ownership, than if one is to dig a hole in the Boston Common (or any other piece of city land) does their manual labor entitle them to ownership?
BH Resident February 13, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Saving a spot???? No! Absolutely pathetic. Just because you have shoveled out a spot does not entitle you to keeping that spot. It's all part of life on the Hill and in the Northeast. If you don't like it, move or pay someone to do it for you. As for helping someone else shovel out their spot, you should be doing it because you enjoy helping someone in need not doing it because you hope to get something in return. If you want to talk about lazy Carolle, you're the one complaining about getting in a few hours of exercise in the form of shoveling. What else did you have to do when the whole city was practically shut down? Be glad you're healthy enough to get out and shovel.
Lindsey February 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Jokes on you, Carolle. Clearly, you're the ignorant, arrogant, lazy A*@*hole here! (in your own words)


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