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  • I grew up in Pittsburgh. People would use old chairs to save their spots. People would sometime takes lots of time decorating these chairs. People were as protective of their spaces as well as the chairs and there were lots of fisticuffs over them as well as a few shootings.

  • What, DC is doing the dibs system now? That was one of the worst things about Chicago.

    • Someone shoveled out a parking spot (no small feat with all the snow) and hopes to be able to re-park in the same spot.

      Fair enough, especially with the candy cane incentive to find another spot.

    • For me it was one of the best things about Chicago. Why let some out of towner take the parking spot you worked so hard to dig out? Plus some of the things people did to mark their spot was quite creative.

  • The look on that sweet, naive kid’s face when someone took her parking spot AND her candy canes must have been heartbreaking …

  • Yeah um as a girl from Boston, people are not nearly as nice when it comes to digging out their parking space. Chairs, traffic cones, much more threatening signs..

  • LOL, I took that exact spot, must have been a few minutes after you took that photo b/c I also took all three candycanes that were there. Did you take the 4th?

    Saving spaces? Are you kidding me?

    Not in my city.

  • Bwahaha! Most people just put out a chair or stolen traffic cone. That, and the knowledge that your car will suffer extreme damage from the sharp end of a metal shovel, is usually enough to keep people from spot-stealing in the ‘hood.

    I have to say, though, it’s all pretty silly. If you really want to keep your parking spot then don’t move your car. If there’s nowhere else to park, there’s nowhere else to park. That said I would never be brave enough to move a chair for the reasons mentioned above.

  • Lol – my neighbor lectured me about not expecting to find the same spot when I get home. I walked inside and when I went out later, there was an orange traffic cone in front of their spot! Luckily – it looked like a good number of people drove to work on my block today, so there should be plenty of empty spots when I get home.

  • i woulnt hesitate to park in a spot that has been coned off on a normal day (pending no additional insight into the situation, like moving boxes on the curb or something), but i think this is understandable. i definitely agree with the idea of ramming your shovel into the door of a car that takes a reserved spot not belonging to them!

  • Seriously? Do these people think they are the only ones who dug a car out? Odds are whoever parks in their space also dug their car out from wherever it was before. And where did these people park when they got where they were going?

    I dug my car out of the snow too and when I returned my spot was taken, as I would expect to happen when I move my car from a public space. Why does the fact of snow make it any difference? I parked in another spot that someone else had dug out….such is the cycle of life. Get over it.

  • Completely agree with anon5:01, the idea of saving spots is ridiculous since almost everyone that would take your spot dug out of their spot too. Do you spot-savers think these other cars dropped out of the sky or were hiding in heating garages waiting for you to leave your space??

    Digging out isn’t that hard to do either, especially if you think ahead and clear the snow right when the storm ends when it’s light and fluffy. I did it with a sprained ankle so I could get to the doctor the next day for heavens sake (I think the cold snow actually helped the ankle!).

    Granted, I will respect a witty sign, especially with offerings of candy cane.

  • Btw, if everyone saved their space, there wouldn’t be anywhere to park when you finally decided to take your car out.

  • It’s pretty clear at this point that most of the people in favor of saving spaces are likely from places where it’s a custom. Places like Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh where this is an ongoing, yearly issue. It’s what we’re used to, so it seems totally absurd that there are people who don’t understand the thought process. If I were still living in Pittsburgh, you bet your ass my space would be saved with two metal folding chairs, some police tape from my dad’s station and a BVM for good measure to make sure that people had to look the Blessed Mother in the eye if they were going to steal my spot. But here, it’s not customary because it becomes relevant once every 6 or 7 years, so there’s no dibs culture. I’m sure that if all of you anti-space savers moved to Chicago, you’d change your tune halfway through your first winter.

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