Boston to begin removing “space savers” from snowy streets

Starting Monday, Boston's DPW will remove any "Space savers"

As snow flurries begin to fall again, James McMasters shovels his car out of a giant snow mound, covering his and his neighbor's cars, along Prince Street in the North End of Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston's transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — They’ve quickly become part of the snowbound urban landscape of greater Boston — the old chairs, orange cones, cinder blocks and anything else meant to “save” a parking space on the street.

The space savers are embraced by car owners who feel they earned the right to the space after digging out their car. The savers are equally despised by those who see them as an eyesores and an unfair attempt to claim a parking space on a public street.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has allowed the practice, but announced that on Monday, the city’s Public Works Department will start removing space savers.

While the practice is common in Boston, it’s also cropped up in densely populated neighboring cities like Cambridge and Somerville, where residents also rely heavily on on-street parking.

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