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Parking Spot Savers

by Prince Of Petworth February 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm 103 Comments


We’ve debated whether or not it’s legit to save a parking spot many times before. Chairs are obviously the mostly commonly used item so I just wanted to show a couple interesting pieces I spotted around town. My neighbor had the best comment after she came back from a walk. She said it looked everyone was having a bad garage sale.

Below is a children’s chalkboard:


And after the jump you can see the most disturbing item to save a parking spot that I encountered.


  • Hilarious! On my street chairs are common, but we also saw a saucer-style sled propped up with chunks of snow with a sign taped to the saucer to say, “Reserved.” I don’t have any lawn chairs, so I stuck my broom in a snow drift with a sign that says, “Please don’t steal my spot! Shoveling it out was exhausting.” Plus, the broom is out there if I need to clean off the car!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Did the broom work?

      • I feel silly every time I look at it, but so far the broom has worked!

  • tw

    Spot savers are for lazy assholes. Everyone shoveled snow so deal with losing your spot. Period! Stop being lazy.

    • cleveland

      Spot stealers are lazy assholes! If you need a spot, shovel a new one out yourself. I have no problem with spot-saving as long as there are still empty spots available for shoveling out.

      • former Georgetowner

        EVERYONE has shoveled their car out of snow.

        And it’s not theft if it’s not yours to begin with. A public space is not owned by one person. If you want to “own” a space, pay for it.

        • Stephanie

          The problem is, there’s no place to park your car while you’re shoveling out a new spot, so you double park it, and then become an asshole for causing traffic.

      • name calling is not a good argument

        Any argument that resorts to simply name calling does not show a lot of thought about the issue. I understand that streets are public and people under normal circumstances should not be reserving spaces or seeing spaces as their own property. However, these were not normal circumstances and there was not really anywhere else to park if you left you space. With every unoccupied space covered with 5 feet of snow people did not have that many options. So calling someone an a***hole bc they save the space they have digged after 4 hours of shoveling when there is literally nowhere else to go does not seem very reasonable.

    • Emil

      A lot of people just came into town and didn’t shovel at all… some people shoveled the whole block plus their parking spot

    • snow outlaw

      Yeah, you don’t get to reserve a chunk of a public street just because it snows. You also don’t get to drive three miles an hour all over town.

  • ha!

    Now I know where to go if I get a bad case of the runs!

  • Emily

    I saw a window air conditioning unit being used on 5th around Grant Circle. Hilarious.

  • matt

    I told my wife the other day that POP should feature these spot savers. My kids loved a (stuffed animal) jaguar sitting on a chair on Upshur, I think.

  • New2CH

    I guess that, since I shoveled the sidewalk outside my building, I should cordon that section of the sidewalk off with yellow tape so that only I am permitted to walk on it …

  • Kalorini

    PoP, didn’t you have a good quote from DDOT about spot saving from the first Snowpocalypse? Something about if the parking enforcement people see it, they’ll hand out tickets?

    • french streeter

      What are they going to ticket? The port-a-john?

    • We actually called mpd because one of the spot savers on our street was a weight lifting bar that blended in with the pavement and was going to ruin someone’s car. Not to mention that MPD gets called to that house all the time, so its most likely one of their cars that would get ruined. They said they didn’t care.

  • You can get a ticket for failing to pick up your dog poop. The last one, it could be argued, is a lot worse than that.

  • Kalia

    I saw a spot saved by a cardboard sign that said something like “if you park here I swear to god I will bury your car in snow!!!” I thought it was funny.

    I’m also guessing most of you who don’t agree with spot saving are not car owners… It sucks when you come home and it is late and someone from Virginia is parked in your spot. They aren’t even from around here and I can’t park at my own house?!? I’m not saying it is right or it is wrong, but it totally suuuuucks!

    • ontarioroader

      MPD and the DC gov say it’s wrong [and illegal], and is encouraging residents to remove crap from parking spaces if they see it – this was posted on an MPD listserv:

      You’re correct there’s no reserving public space. Items placed on public space should be moved. I hope residents can assist with this- if we do this we will have to likely seize items of value left on public space, do a report and place it on our property book. If necessary we will but instead of pulling officers off the street I would suggest residents put them up on curb space or call 311 and have DPW/DDOT pick up as abandoned. Thanks.
      David Kamperin
      First District

      • snowy cars

        I called 311 last night after passing by a number of saved spots — they patched me through to MPD who took down the location of the saved spots. Like others have said, I’m not sure how MPD plans to issue tickets to spot savers, but they did assure me it is illegal and should be reported.

    • saf

      Nope, I have a car. Spot saving is still wrong.

  • PetworthRes

    Seriously, it’s time already to stop saving spots. I heard last night that one neighbor rammed his car into another who parked in “his” spot. He got such great aim at her car since he was actually parked in the spot that she dug out!

    • ah

      No kidding. Whether it’s okay to save a spot or not, it’s been over a week since the major storm, and nearly that since the subsequent storm. You can’t save a space until summer. Jeez.

  • ah

    BTW, is the chalkboard even saving a legal space? It looks pretty close to the corner. Or at least where the corner would be.

    • matt

      Yeah, no way is that a legal spot.

  • Adam

    I saw someone using a huge CRT computer monitor to save a spot. Tells you how far we’ve come in technology that these monitors now function as parking cones.

  • I don’t have a problem with people saving a spot they dug out for a couple of hours over the next few days. My fear is that this sense of entitlement will become permanent.

    • ah

      Maybe DC should rent out street spaces for an ungodly sum to the neighboring property owners. On the order of $2500/year (or more, depending on local market rates). Help increase revenues.

      • please, dont give them any ideas…lol

  • hg

    I would pay a little more to the city for the exclusive use of the parking spot directly in front of my house.

    • ah

      A little more won’t get it done. It needs to be a lot more. If a private garage runs you $200/month, then the space on the street should be as much.

  • cookietime420

    I’m with everyone here that space savers are total BS. I went to Tenleytown to dig out an elderly relative and up-and-down the block, everyone had “their” space blocked. Bastards. The only thing worse was this dude last night on Kenyon Street who took up 2 excavated spots.

  • lou

    I don’t understand why DCers are so rabidly anti-spot saving. I have no dog in the fight since I have a parking space, but in cities like Boston and Chicago, it’s traditional that if you went to the trouble of digging out a spot, you “own” it. In fact, in Boston it’s now the law.

    Or is it those cities have more a sense of community than DC?

    • Anonymous

      more sense of community? what are you talking about. for one those cities get snow all the time, unlike dc. 2) this is a public street and an individual can NEVER own a piece of that.

    • ah

      In Boston the law is 2 days after a snow.

      I don’t think saving spaces shows a sense of community. It’s actually the opposite.

      The reason to allow some degree of space saving is that it gives people an incentive to clear out a space by allowing them to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But like anything there has to be a limit to how long you get exclusive use. Same issue with patents and copyrights, really.

  • Krssy

    I would recommend removing your parking spot saver if you have one, as they appear to be out cleaning the roads with skid-steers now. I saw them cleaning my block around 10:30 last night and another road a few blocks away when I left this morning, if you have something saving your park spot, you’re only going to create more work and potentially impede getting your road clean.

  • I think it depends on the neighborhood and the block. The expectation of the people who park on my street is that we will usually be able to get a parking space in front of our homes or at the very least somewhere on the block. That is because we are a block of single family homes and people are usually good about not parking in front of someone else’s home for any extended period of time unless it is absolutely necessary. No, none of us thinks we “own” the parking space in front of our homes but it is a courtesy thing that has been generally adopted. The people who dug out their cars on my block did leave parking space holders and no one had a problem with it.
    I think it’s a completely different matter if you live in a densely populated neighborhood where there are apartment buildings, bars, restaurants, etc., because there is no reasonable “expectation” that you will usually be able to park in a particular space. Anytime you move your car you can expect to have to hunt around for a new space. I don’t see a parking space holder working in Adams Morgon or DuPont Circle.
    It’s hard for me to have sympathy for people looking for parking spaces who were frustrated because of parking space holders. I suspect that very few of the people who were driving the day or two after the storms absolutely “had” to be in their cars. I dug my car out twice but left it where it was (in front of my house) and instead used Metro and/or my feet to get me where I needed to go. In addition to discovering the genius of Metro’s “next bus” and “next train” applications (on the metro website), I discovered a great local Caribbean bakery that I would not have noticed had I not been walking by it on my way from the gym and the Giant at Columbia Heights, which I walked to and from.

  • enus gobunger

    Ditto, Lou.

    If it’s 6 inches and somebody is saving a spot for this long, that’s a bit ridiculous, but people have had to move literally tons of snow just to get a spot on theirs or any street close by. It’s not just that they want to park in front of their house, apt, etc., but that they want to be able to park at all. I’d say somewhere between 30-50% of the usual spots don’t exist (i.e., covered in mounds of snow/ice) which means that people who pay taxes, who pay to register their car, and who pay to be able to park in their ward may come home and not find a spot. ANYONE on here would be angry if this happened to them. If you say you wouldn’t be, you’re a liar.

  • Anonymous

    There is on asshat with a chair on our street who just keeps putting his chair in whatever spot he pulled out of. I don’t think he shoveled any spots, but he is more than happy to reserve the one we shoveled. (We are car owners, but not spot savers).

    • ah

      Take his chair, then. Bury it in a snowbank.

  • andy

    When there’s actually enough parking on the street for visitors from outside the neighborhood to park on my block for a few hours I will stop using a “space saver” when I take the car out to get groceries.

    The problem is that there are basically no open parking spots, even during the workday. If I leave and come back to my block and someone has taken the spot where my car was, I know I am going to have to spend an hour searching for a spot, any spot, within a lumpy, snowy mile from my house. And then if I take some irate person’s spot on another block who knows what the consequences might be. Those are pretty strong incentives to try to keep people out of the parking spot I carved out.

    Maybe in other neighborhoods there’s enough actually available parking that using a space saver is lazy, but not in mine.

  • LOL This time of year I am so happy I rent a space in my garage. Don’t have to dig out and the spot is always there for me.

  • FYI – No DC stories (yet) like these:
    From the WPost

    Frustration over snowy parking bubbles over in Loudoun

    The frustration of having to shovel out parking spaces — and the etiquette of respecting that shoveling — erupted into more than just words in Loudoun County in recent days.

    In a Sterling apartment complex Monday afternoon, a cab driver got a call from his dispatcher asking him to move his taxi. When he went out to the taxi, the Loudoun sheriff’s office reports, one of his rear tires was flat.

    Sheriff’s deputies contacted the cab company, and then the original caller. The caller said he had called police, and admitted that he was upset that the taxi was parked in a space from which he had shoveled the snow in the 21900 block of Muirfield Circle, police said.

    But the disgruntled shoveler said he did not let the air out of the tire, police said, and the driver did not press charges.

    On Friday, also in Sterling, a person parked in a space that had previously been shoveled by another person, in the 21200 block of Huntington Square. The victim then found that his tires had been slashed.

    Acknowledging that he had not shoveled the space himself, “the victim believes this may be the motivation behind the act,” sheriff’s officials noted.

  • christopher

    just like everything else in this city, most of those who have not dont work to get whatever it is they want, they wait for the haves to keep on keeping on and then demand the share that they are ‘entitled’ to. if you want a space, dig it out, and then save it. some of us dont have the time or want to shovel out hundreds of pounds of ice and snow everytime we get home from out 8+ hour a day jobs.

  • Anon

    I’m sorry, but I have spent hours digging my space out for DOT to bury it back with their “once over” on plowing. I have decided as evil as it may be, that if you park in front of my house (upper NW so not traffic dense), I will personally shovel all the snow back up around you and I may even pour water all over your windows (because my neighbors won’t do it as they have their own spots so you’re obviously not from the neighborhood). Evil, yes… but I just want you to get a sense for what I had to go through just to get that spot.

    Moral of the story… take my space if you want, but be prepared to suffer the consequences. I don’t own that spot and more than you, but I have affection for it and I can be one jealous b**ch.

    The real solution to this problem would be mandatory no parking on each side of the street on a specific day following the storm (similar to street cleaning). This way they could get the plows through and eliminate 6 foot mounds of snow between cars and the streets could once again be 2-way. Crazy thought… I know. But it just might work!

    • ah

      It’s not a crazy thought, at least in neighborhoods where there is enough parking. Ideally whenever a snow emergency is declared there would also be a odd/even side restriction as well, leaving one side of the street open for plowing. Once the plows had finished plowing one side, everyone could move over and leave the other side free for plowing. It would work really well in my neighborhood, where there’s plenty of parking except in a few places–people could just park a little further away–but I can’t imagine it working in neighborhoods with tight parking

      • Anonymous

        I used to live in densely populated neighborhood in Minneapolis where they have even-odd days for plowing. It’s a pain, but it totally works. I’m still amazed that the city hasn’t figured that out…

      • Anon

        It actually would work for neighborhoods with tight parking… they do it all spring/summer/fall with street cleaning. They only stop come wintertime…

  • Anonymous

    I am a single woman who shoveled out two spots on her own only to have them both taken. Last Friday night I could not find a free spot and attempted to park in a spot right in front of my house which had been blocked off with a chair. The neighbor who had reserved the spot saw me remove the chair and threatened me; I tried to reason with her and explained I too had cleared two spots which were subsequently taken and that I had looked on the block but could not find any free parking. My neighbor said she didn’t care and continued to yell (from her third floor window) that I better not move the chair and proceeded to send down some guy who she said would “deal with me.” Luckily, a very nice man who witnessed the altercation volunteered his spot to me. I proceeded to call the police station to report the incident and clarify my rights, particularly given the verbal threat that was made; they assured me they would be more than happy to intervene. Ultimately, I decided to leave it alone for now (for fear of retaliation as those particular neighbors are shady), but I will certainly call in for reinforcement if it happens again. Many of us, including myself, have spent hours shoveling out spaces, but unless the “spot saving” practice is consistently reinforced/adhered to, you cannot expect people to always honor it. If left with no parking options on the block, it is my right to park in any free spot, even if reserved with a lawn chair.

    • christopher

      did you save the two spots that you had cleared out, or just leave them open?

    • my opinion

      Yeah that sucks. I would have parked and called in the cops to intervene. Your neighbors suck.

      I personally still have a problem with spot saving. And this is despite the fact that parking is a bitch in my neighborhood and that it also took me 3+ hours to dig my car out last week.

      I simply think it’s unreasonable to reserve street parking as your space. It’s not your property. So just because you spent time to clear out space, you’re entitled to hold that space until the ice melts? You’re entitled to drive to work, come back 8+ hours later, and expect to find that spot empty when you come back? You don’t want people parking in “your” spot while you’re at work? I just don’t understand what people are thinking.

      What I think should be done is this – until the snow melts, I think DC should enforce zone only parking in every neighborhood that has a shortage of parking spaces.

  • I wonder what all of you anti-space savers would do during a winter in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston or any of the other northern cities where space-saving is the norm (legal or not)? Would you hold fast to your righteous indignation, or would you adopt the traditions of the neighborhood where you now reside and shovel out your spot while drinking beers with your neighbors and then put out your old lawn furniture to secure your spot for the rest of winter?

    I don’t save spaces here b/c it’s not done here (and mostly, it’s just not warranted) but if I were to (God forbid) have to move back up North, I’d certainly have my lawn chair out with the rest of my neighbors.

    • saf

      I grew up in western NY. We got a lot of snow. Space saving was not done. Ever.

      • And, that’s great. Also not the point. I’m talking about places where it IS customary.

        • Dr Pangloss

          Sure I’ll answer this–and it’s not a hypothetical, since, though I’m a DC native, I lived in Chicago for many years:

          What I used to do was pull up, stop the car, toss whatever junk was cluttering up the street up and over the snowbank, then *park* the car. Then walk away and do my business.

          Let’s get one thing straight; you cleared your car out for one reason only: so you could drive it somewhere. If you don’t want to lose “your” spot, don’t move your car.

      • James


        In Western New York, almost everyone has a driveway or parking space.

        • saf

          Not where we lived – in the city.

  • Anonymous

    the first one i left open since i was not familiar with the practice, but the second one i tried to save with a chair

  • anon

    Agreed. I understand the frustration – I own a car myself and park on the street – but such is the life of a car owner in the city. If you want your own parking spot, move to VA.

    And I have extra sympathy for people who find non-DCers have taken their spot. It irritates me all the time to see those cars parked on my street, snow or no snow. I wish the city would have stricter parking rules in general for non residents, but that’s a separate issue. I still don’t think it makes it ok to reserve public space for yourself. That’s suburbs mentality.

  • Eric in Ledroiit

    some a-hole parked overnight in the spot it took 3+ hours to clear, so I parked in literally the only open unsaved spot in my neighborhood, which was past the no parking sign, and got a $50 ticket this morning. Also, the city has apparently stopped all efforts at moving the remaining snow so people can use all lanes and/or park. I was a huge supporter of the response to the storm initially but at this point I am incredibly pissed. One guy in a snow plow, actively working, could have totally cleared numerous lanes in the downtown core across the past several days! Where the hell are they!?

  • Davetser

    Hey the city isn’t plowing my street.. 900 Block of T ST NW. I shoveled out 2 spots… 1 for my use the other for my neighbors. I pay taxes unlike the hoards of welfare recipients in this leach of a city. So until the City decides to honor it’s responsibilities or until the snow melts that spot is mine. That is not entitlement that is payment for services rendered that the city SHOULD have done.

  • DeepDarkDiamond

    you didn’t shovel out the “spot”, you shoveled out your car – huge difference

    • Anonymous

      Ditto that. You dig because you want to move your car out, not because you’re creating a spot for yourself to come back to. It’s the same gamble you take any morning you leave for work and move from street parking — you’re not getting the same spot when you come back, and you don’t have any reason to expect you will.

      When I relied on street parking in DC and it snowed, I carried the shovel in my car and expected any time I wanted to park, I’d have to dig anew. That’s the only way it works.

  • anonapet

    even more ridiculous is some neighbors on 10th & quincy who put cones in the street in front of their house ALL THE TIME (ie: when there is no snow). this storm may just be the motivator to finally “relocate” their cones or call the cops.

    • saf

      She doesn’t always use cones. Sometimes she uses cinder blocks.

      I cannot stand her.

      • ah

        Take the cinder blocks. Eventually she’ll get tired of having to haul new ones out.

        • saf

          She would know it was us. Or at least,assume it was either us or one other house. Nevermind that everybody around here thinks it’s wrong.

          • anonapet

            i live a block or two away, but i’ve seen them moving the cones when they’re parking there and thought it was wrongwrongwrong. though it really wouldn’t help you much if i took them, since they’d probably STILL think it’s you. maybe time to just call 311 (once the snow is gone and they get back to it).

  • DSel

    The real absurdity is that you shovel out a space not out of the goodness of your heart but to clear your own goddamned car. Wow, what an altruist.

    You deserve nothing and I’ll take your crap off the street and keep it in my personal collection of hoarded crap.

  • Nick

    Agreed with a comment from above — it depends on the block. On my crowded section of 13th Street, where there’s clearly not enough street parking for everyone on the block, it’s bullshit to mark your spot. Where the housing is less dense, it’s probably cool.

    Also, the spot I cleared to free my car was later claimed by someone else as “their” spot. Chair, rope — the whole nine yards. As if they cleared it. I would have taken it back, but I don’t think I can count on that dude to not key my car.

  • dear logical dc residents,

    I used to live in a cone-filled city (near Albany) and we would regularly schedule raids on the ‘litter’ in our streets.

    The only justice any of you will see is vigilante justice. Wake up at 1 AM with your friends and steal every chair on your block and you won’t be surprised when the plows actually do some good the next morning. Stop putting trash in the streets for ANY REASON. It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. It’s selfish. It’s childish.

    “Stealing” chairs/cones/whatever in the street is NOT illegal. It’s a public safety service performed by good samaritans. Don’t let the local clunge threaten you because they want their illegal activity justified by self-righteous laziness!

    • So, you moved to a city with a neighborhood tradition that isn’t hurting anyone in any real way (that most likely pre-dated your time there, and probably still continues today) that you decided you didn’t approve of, thumbed your nose at that tradition and the neighbors who practiced it, and you’re proud of that? And, you’re calling THEM self-righteous?

    • 20011 ExPat

      Yup. The problem goes away if you just routinely remove any “debris” that you find in the road. Even the cops are recommending this approach. If even a few people in every neighborhood throw the trash to the curb, DC’s sad little experiment with Boston-style territorialism will grind to a halt.

    • dear logical dc residents,

      If it wasn’t hurting anyone, would we really have this many comments here saying the exact opposite? From what i’ve seen this past week, this ‘tradition’ is far from universal among the parking residents. The point is that by stopping the build of trash you open up roads to eliminate more snow and thus the need to keep your garbage in the street.

      It’s just as bad an idea further north as it is here. Check your concept of ownership at the curb.

      • ah

        Do the plows avoid the deck chairs?

        • x

          plows have to stop (not likely on an uphill), someone has to get out, move your trash, get back in the truck and then gain up speed to start plowing again. it adds time and, in this case, time is your (tax) money. running over or plowing through this stuff can damage other vehicles, local road ways or the plowing machinery itself.

          captcha: unconstitution cognacs (sounds good!)

      • It is not a tradition here in DC. So I don’t agree with it being done here. But, it was in the city you mention above. And no, it is not hurting anyone in any real way in cities where it’s practiced regularly. You simply came to town, decided your way was better, and sent a message to your neighbors that you were going to thumb your nose at their practices. That makes you a jerk in my book. And, it’s that attitude that, as much as DC has been my home for the last 18 yrs and will continue to be home, makes part of me miss older, less transient, more blue collar working class cities where traditions mean something. I think part of why I love my (pretty established) neighborhood is that there are a lot of long standing neighborhood traditions that I respect, understand and have embraced. I wouldn’t trade that to live to in a neighborhood “in flux” for anything.

        As for clearing more snow off the streets… based on my having lived on a major snow emergency route for nearly 9 years now (Constitution Ave. on the Hill) and the fact that the curb/parking lanes have STILL not been cleared of snow, and have been empty of everything – trash, space-reserving toilets, and cars – I don’t actually think it makes a damn bit of difference in DC.

  • Anonymous

    fyi: you can also call 311 and submit a request for the Dept of Public Works to remove the items in the street. i called this morning to schedule pick up of lawn chairs in front of my house.

  • JayMan

    I’m totally against this space saving, but Everyone is doing it on our street. Before some says “if everyone jumped off a…” I wondered what drivers would think when they see all the other spots saved and our spot free and clear? I live in CH where we have about 98% occupancy of parking spaces, so it isn’t like I can just shovel out another spot.

    So, against my better views, I put out something to save our spot…

  • ah

    Wouldn’t a better view be to collect all their stuff and find a dumpster?

  • Anon 2:55pm

    My sister is coming to visit this weekend–just like any other out-of-state driver, she’s legally allowed to park on the street on the weekend. She did more than her fair share of car-space-shoveling in Baltimore. But, I fear that DC residents will think she’s a \space invader\ who didn’t earn her spot, so someone may damage her car in some way. How terrible..

    So: is there anyway to prevent this from happening? If someone slashes tires/keys her car, can she do anything?

  • Snowman

    Feel free to move the chair from the spot I dug out and saved on my block. I just hope nothing happens to your car while you’re away.

    • Anon 2:55pm

      So you’re saying that if someone took a public spot, you’d actually damage someone else’s car? Schmuck move!

  • anonapet

    @Anon 2:55pm – Have her park at a suburban metro station?

  • Anonymous

    Would you really go as far as vandalism to protect a spot that isn’t legally yours?

    • Anon

      I prefer terrorism, not vandalism… Packing snow up around the car, icing over the windows, maybe leaving my dogs poo on the hood… the usual…

  • Laura

    I just moved a lawn chair from a spot on my block to park there. The two spots we shoveled out last weekend are taken and there aren’t anymore on my block. Please don’t hurt my car neighbors!

  • Confessions of a Spot-Saver

    I don’t like saving spots. Breaking the law. Being selfish. However, I’ve been driven to a life of crime by my fellow DC Residents’ terrible (read non-existent in some areas) performance in digging out their sidewalks. Running errands with a baby is not possible by stroller when people don’t clear sidewalks (or plows rebury them), so we have to take a car. If we come home and there is no spot available on the street or in the neighborhood, its not clear how we can get our baby and groceries or whatever back home.

    I was once a spot-saver hater like many of you. But the practical reality of dealing with lazy, unthinking neighbors (some who only shovel their sidewalk up to their car) and a government that won’t enforce the law (whether its snow clearing or anti-spot saving law), I had to take things into my own hands. Some of you may choose to do this by confronting the spot-savers, possibly get threatened or risk damage to your car or reputation. Go for it. We need people like you to keep us all honest.

    I chose to join the ranks of the spot savers instead. Perhaps a moral failing on my part, but I do not regret that decision. Don’t like it, but I do it.

    I promise I won’t get upset if you take my spot. I know I don’t own it. But I’m banking on the fact that you won’t take my spot because you: (1) care about the value of another’s labor (haha – just kidding), (2) are concerned that I may harm your vehicle (won’t happen but I won’t make efforts to alleviate those concerns (more likely) (3) know that I have a small baby and need access to our car and home and you care about the needs of your neighbors (haha – just kidding again). If you are 1, God bless you. If you are (2) you are just as selfish as me, always thinking about yourself and you car. If you are (3), then you are a good neighbor, know me, and probably wouldn’t take my spot anyway so you are not the one I am trying to keep away.

    If you are from out of town or not from the neighborhood. Take the Metro, leave your car at home, and wait until the snow melts. You are the free loaders we are trying to protect ourselves against.

    Tomorrow, I will be saving my spot with full trash bags, and if Christmas tree collection is any predictor, I should be able to save that spot for at least a month. Sweet!

  • With the Bathwater

    Just leave the baby in the stroller outside to mark your precious spot. That should get the point across.

  • name calling is not a good argument

    Any argument that resorts to simply name calling does not show a lot of thought about the issue. I understand that streets are public and people under normal circumstances should not be reserving spaces or seeing spaces as their own property. However, these were not normal circumstances and there was not really anywhere else to park if you left you space. With every unoccupied space covered with 5 feet of snow people did not have that many options. So calling someone an a***hole bc they save the space they have digged after 4 hours of shoveling when there is literally nowhere else to go does not seem very reasonable.

  • RD

    vandalizing a car = illegal and despicable
    putting dog poo underneath the cars handle = hilarious and justified

  • Anonymous

    we never saved spaces where i grew up in florida.

    • SnowFreeRaised

      me too…Sunny Southwest…

  • Seriously people. You live in the city. Get rid of your cars and use the Metro or Metrobuses or get off your lazy butts and walk. It is healthier for you and the environment. A serious win-win!

  • Former Georgetowner

    Dude . Everyone has an excuse why they deserve a spot. So you have a baby. Big deal it was your choice. Your life revolves around your child. Don’t expect mine to reolve around yours.

    You’re not the only person with a
    child in the city. And you’re the only one who happens to think you should get special benefits

    If you want a guaranteed spot, you have to own it. Rent one or buy one. Plain and simple.

  • Petworthian

    I do own a spot. But the whole alley is still impassable.

    • anonapet

      do what i did and dig out the alley. that’s right. the whole alley. because i wanted the luxury of being able to park my car in MY spot behind my house, i paid the price of digging out the alley.

      man up.

  • Anonymous

    then rent a space in a garage and/or try calling the city to get them to clean the alley, but it doesn’t mean you are entitled to a spot on the main (public) roads

    • one size fits all

      it’s such a nice warm place when someone knows how someone else should live and act, down to the tiniest details that don’t concern them at all.

  • Cracker

    I actually would seek out spots that were “reserved” and would move the lawn chairs to the flower boxes (not on the sidewalks).

    I did this to teach people a lesson. This spot saving is making the whole situation worse.

    Grow up. There are no place backs.

  • Dr Pangloss

    I understand that streets are public and people under normal circumstances should not be reserving spaces or seeing spaces as their own property. However, these were not normal circumstances and there was not really anywhere else to park if you left you space. With every unoccupied space covered with 5 feet of snow people did not have that many options.

    Couldn’t have asked for a more succinct example of the whiny-assed infantile mindset that “spot-savers” have shown over the last couple of weeks. Just try to put yourself in the place–if it’s even possible–of some other human being who perhaps was out-of-town when The Great Claiming of the Parking Spaces happened. Or perhaps they cleared a space, and someone else moved into town that day. Either way, the reason you lost your spot is not because The Other stole your Precious; it’s because you needed to *move* your car.

    The city is a dynamic place. You don’t just decide the music has stopped, and everyone who’s sitting in a chair is a winner until Springtime.

    This really is infantilism run-amuck.

  • Swankydave

    Check out this parking spot saver blog… http://www.sNOwParking.com


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