It has become the way Boston blizzards really end — with a game of chicken. Who is going to move their space-saver first?
What was once an almost-quaint tradition in South Boston, putting a chair or a cone out to mark a shoveled parking space, has infected vast swaths of the city, from Charlestown to Dorchester, Allston to East Boston, bringing with it heated neighbor-on-neighbor battles, retaliatory vandalism, and the nagging question: When does it stop?
The city’s policy mandates that the markers be removed 48 hours after a snow emergency is lifted. That grace period ended Thursday night, which means the space-savers should have been gone Friday.
But enforcement of that order is left to the city’s garbage contractors and only on their regular trash-day rounds. So the actual end comes down to a street-by-street game, where no one wants to be the first to make a move.
In Charlestown, where roughly 50 percent of open parking spots still contained markers on Friday afternoon, the consensus in the Bunker Hill Barber Shop was that the game should have been over.
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