Mayor issues new rule: Be nice or lose your parking space

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston on Friday created a new rule for space saver etiquette in Boston: Make a threat, lose your space.

Speaking at a City Hall press conference in which he summarized the city’s post-blizzard game plan, Walsh said he had seen news reports about some residents attaching threatening notes to items they had used to claim parking spots cleared of snow.

Nastiness, Walsh said, is not acceptable when it comes to space savers.


“If we see these signs up there, I will instruct public works to pick up the space saver and throw them in the truck. We are not going to be threatening people,’’ Walsh said. “Respect each other.’’

Walsh paused briefly and added, “I just made that rule up right now.’’

He also said that anyone who has shoveled out a parking space can claim that space for 48 hours in the city, except in the South End, where space savers are banned. He said the city will adjust instructions to residents once the intensity of an expected Monday storm comes into sharper focus.

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City code enforcement officials fanned out Friday to make sure homeowners and business owners were clearing sidewalks of snow, but also to make sure they were not shoveling snow into the street, hampering efforts to keep streets clear, Walsh said.

Bitter cold early Friday caused delays on the MBTA’s commuter rail line, especially on the Providence line, which experienced frozen train doors and delays because of icy conditions.


Justin Thompson, spokesman for commuter rail operator Keolis, wrote in an e-mail that the possibility of doors freezing had been anticipated and deicing spray was used. “Sometimes, it does impact service, however,’’ he wrote.

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